Police kick off food, gift drive
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.
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“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.
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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.