Shelby Police Need Your Help To Make Christmas Merry

  • 12/5/2018 12:55:46 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

SHELBY, OH - The Shelby Police Department has begun their traditional gift collection, encouraging the public to fill their lobby with wrapped gifts to deliver to needy families in the community.

"We started the tradition a few years ago, and we love to host it," Chief Combs wrote in a public Facebook post. "No tree looks right without gifts beneath it, and no child's Christmas is complete without gifts."

The public is encouraged to deliver new, unopened gifts to the decorated tree in the lobby. Gifts should be wrapped, and labeled with the appropriate gender and age range. Those gifts will then be provided to families in need within the Shelby community leading up to and on Christmas day. After December 25th, leftover presents are collected and delivered to the Shelby Helpline, where they can be distributed throughout the year or saved for next Christmas.

Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks can be made out to "FOP Lodge #180" and "Christmas Gifts" should be written in the memo portion of the check. That money will be used by the local Fraternal Order of Police to purchase gifts for the tree.

Individual and group efforts are all encouraged, the more the better. "School and church, fraternal organizations, athletic groups; all are welcome," wrote Chief Combs. "If you would like, and an officer is available, ask for one to come out for a photograph with you! We love to see tagged photographs and we love to take photographs on our own to post to social media. Don't be afraid to ask - and you are welcome to use the photos on your own social media pages to promote your group. Thank you in advance, because the community always provides an overwhelming response, and I look forward to providing updated tree photos here. Merry Christmas!"

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