2010-12-02 / Front Page

Gifts for Children requests needed at police station no later than Fri., Dec. 10

The Washington Police Department is again sponsoring its annual “Gifts for Children” campaign this Christmas and the officers of the Washington Police Department are committed to making the 2010 campaign brighter for area children.

The “Gifts for Children” program is dependent on donations from the community. Donations of toys, gifts, and money will be accepted at any time at the Police Department on Spring Street across from City Hall, and if you need for someone to put up your donations just call 706-678- 3244.

The highlight of the campaign each year is the appearance of Santa Claus in person, when he hands out gifts to children who have submitted their preferences in advance. Plans this year call for Santa to arrive at the Washington Police Department Wednesday morning, December 22, and to spend from 9 a.m. to noon distributing gifts to the children on his list.

A form for submitting the names of needy children and their first three choices for gifts is supplied at the end of this article. Only gift requests for children 12 and under will be accepted. Requests for clothing will be accepted only for children newborn to 12 months old.

All requests must be mailed or delivered to the Police Department no later than Friday, December 10. Requests being made by mail should be mailed early enough to ensure delivery by that date.

Regrettably, requests received after December 10 cannot be honored. Also, requests coming from outside the city limits of Washington will be considered, but first priority will go to those from inside the city. Requests that are duplicated with other organizations such as Angel Tree will not be accepted.

“Last year’s contributions were exceptional. The support received from civic organizations, local merchants, and individuals made them the real heroes for our children. We just hope we do even better this year,” Assistant Chief Theodosia Glenn said.

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