Po­lice kick off food, gift drive

North Penn Life - - News - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nal­regis- ter.com

The sec­ond an­nual eol­i­day Food and Gift Drive, held by the Towa­mencin Town­ship Po­lice De­part­ment and the Towa­mencin Po­lice Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion, is ex­pected to help 12 fam­i­lies in need, ac­cord­ing to po­lice Chief Tim Dickinson.

ee said that Christ­mas EvH GDy, VHvHUDO RI­fiFHUV will de­liver food and gifts to res­i­dents who have been ad­versely af­fected by tough eco­nomic times.

“It’s quite re­ward­ing,” Dickinson said. “Last year, I saw a few tearyeyed tough guys.”

This year, the drive is be­ing com­bined with the town­ship’s Fes­ti­val of Lights Dec. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fis­cher’s Park, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the de­part­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Dickinson, at­ten­dees who will get to see Santa Claus at the park — lo­cated at 2225 Bus­tard Road — are en­cour­aged to con­trib­ute canned goods and other non-per­ish­able food items as well as un­wrapped toys, gift cards and cash do­na­tions to the drive.

ee said sim­i­lar do­na­tions will also be ac­cepted at the po­lice de­part­ment, lo­cated at 1090 Troxel Road, un­til Dec. 24.

“We cer­tainly won’t turn away any do­na­tions,” Dickinson said.

Through var­i­ous sources, the po­lice de­part­ment hDV LGHQWL­fiHG IDPLOLHV LQ need, ac­cord­ing to Dickinson.

ee said some in­clude women with chil­dren who have re­cently got­ten out of abu­sive re­la­tion­ships.

“It’s very touch­ing to see some of the peo­ple we help,” said the chief, adding the pro­gram helped 10 fam­i­lies last year.

“In sev­eral cases, you could tell they were tryLQJ WR fiJuUH RuW whDW they [were] go­ing to do. And all of a sud­den you show up with Christ­mas din­ner and toys for un­der the tree,” Dickinson said.

lc­ca­sion­ally, the pro­gram in­cludes help­ing adults with­out chil­dren who, for ex­am­ple, can’t af­ford a win­ter coat, ac­cord­ing to Dickinson.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Towa­mencin Town­ship Po­lice De­part­ment at 215-368T606.

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