Tuesday, November 8, 2011

OPD Christmas 911 is off to a good start

King’s Department Store of Orofino donated an abundance of toys, clothing and other items to the Orofino Police Departments third annual Christmas 911 project. Pictured (l to r) are Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson; OPD Office Manager, Renée Hedrick; Laura Wolverton of King’s, and Officer Matt Russell.

Once again, the Orofino Police Department (OPD) will be sponsoring and participating in the Christmas 911 project, a project which provides food, clothing, and toys to children with a need.

King’s Department Store of Orofino has generously kick-started the Christmas 911 giving for this season by donating a wide selection of items for children. The gifts range from gloves and warm clothing to toys like talking Kung Fu Panda, baseball bats, Air Hockey, and high chairs for babies.

A big thank you is extended from OPD for the many items that will make Christmas extra special for children in Orofino.

The last two years the Orofino Police Department has been providing full Christmas dinners and gifts to families in our area who have experienced hardship, and most likely would not have had much for Christmas. 

The department collected donations from businesses and community members and raised over $5000 in the first year and tallied over $9,000 last year.  They were able to provide meals and nice gifts to 16 families the first year and helped 26 families last year. 

The meals included turkeys, hams, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, rolls, vegetables, milk, and desserts. The gifts were age appropriate for all children in the family under the age of 18 and were of extremely nice quality. The needs of each child were identified early so that many of the gifts accommodated actual needs.

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