From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
(Harford County, MD – November 26, 2013) – Sheriff L Jesse Bane announced today The Harford County Sheriff’s Office Annual Christmas Drive is underway for this holiday season.
“This year’s drive, now in its 31st year, is being chaired by Captain Steve Thomas and Lauren Brooks,” said the Sheriff. “The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has been committed to helping families during the holiday season for more than a quarter of a century”, Bane said, adding, “The program has grown significantly in the last 30 years through the dedication and help of dozens of volunteers from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post 6600, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association and a variety of committed business, civic and community members”.
The Sheriff explained, in 2012, the Christmas Drive reached out to and helped more than 127 families (251 children and 212 adults). Christmas gifts and food were delivered to various communities throughout the county.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is accepting tax-deductible donations of toys, non-perishable foods; holiday candy; personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant; first aid supplies such as band-aids and bandages. Toys specifically sought out this year are dolls, crayons, actions figures, and games. Items for teens, ages 12-15 are also in high demand. Specifically requested for girls are purses, make-up and lotions and for boys, sports equipment and games. Cash is accepted and checks should be made payable to the “Harford Sheriff Foundation – Christmas Drive” and mailed to the foundation at P.O. Box 150, Bel Air, Maryland 21014.
Collection drop boxes can be found at the following locations:
Harford County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters – 45 S. Main Street, Bel Air
HCSO Southern Precinct – 1305 Pulaski Highway, Edgewood
HCSO Northern Precinct – 3726 Norrisville Road, Jarrettsville
Harford County Detention Center – 1030 Rock Spring Avenue, Bel Air
Giant Food Stores ( food donations only) – 3229 Emmorton Road, Abingdon
Giant Food Store ( food donation only) – 1401 Rock Spring Road, Forest Hill
Advanced Eye Care – 2207 Old Emmorton Road, Suite 114, Bel Air
Thompson Toyota – 1101 Business Center Way, Edgewood
Prearranged drop off’s may also be made at the “Christmas Shop,” formerly the RoomStore located in The Festival at Bel Air.
“Our annual Christmas Drive has become such a part of the fabric of the Sheriff’s Office, and our community,” said Captain Thomas, noting that agency members and community partners alike always look forward to this time of year. Thomas noted that businesses like Thompson Scion in Edgewood are having events such as a Breakfast with Santa on December 7th at 9 a.m. to encourage people to stop by and drop off gifts for the Sheriff’s Office Holiday Drive.
“The holidays are a special time for everyone and through the generosity of all of our volunteers, and the donations from the community, we can make it a joyous time for those less fortunate than ourselves,” Thomas said, adding, “I am indeed thankful for the many community partners who have come together to support our Harford County community through such a worthwhile endeavor.”
For more information, to volunteer to help or request assistance, feel free to contact Lauren Brooks at 410-836-5494 or Captain Thomas at 410-638-4811.