Lend a hand for Christmas

Thu, 11/13/2008 - 4:23pm
By: The Citizen

The Tyrone Police Department is organizing its second annual “Shop with a Cop” holiday program. This is a program designed to help underprivileged families purchase gifts as well as enjoy a Christmas dinner.

The department will be selecting these families with the assistance the school system and local agencies such as DFACS.

Once families are chosen by the department, they will be contacted to confirm that they do have a valid need and will be asked if they would like to participate in our program. The children of the families in need will be transported to local businesses on a selected day to purchase gifts for themselves and their families to enjoy on Christmas Day.

We will then assist the children with wrapping the gifts that they have purchased, said Administrative Officer Alicia Batts.

Batts said those who would like to assist financially with this endeavor by Tyrone Police Department should may make their donations to “Town of Tyrone Shop with a Cop” at Bank of North Georgia or bring a check to the Police Department from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Last year we had a successful first year with the program and were able to help nine children and their families have a much brighter Christmas, Batts said.

“We were also able to help fill 11 empty stockings at Southland Nursing Home,” said Batts. “We are excited about the opportunity to continue this program this year and our goal is to be able to help 12 children.”

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Officer Alicia Batts at (770) 487-4732, Ext. 201, or via e-mail at abatts@tyrone.org

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