With the holiday season coming up quickly, there are many ways to help spread Christmas cheer to those in need.
Here are two ways that you can support other Dawson County families through local programs.
Shop with a Cop
The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Shop with a Cop event from now through Christmas. While the event won’t include the typical night when children go shopping with police officers due to COVID-19 restrictions, gifts will still be collected and delivered to local schools.
According to Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson, the program is a blessing for both the families receiving the gifts and for the sheriff’s office, which does all the collecting.
“What a blessing it is for our sheriff’s office to partner with our generous community to help those in need,” Johnson said. “In a profession that deals primarily with individuals during times of crises, it is always refreshing to help bring joy and happiness to so many. We are so appreciative of our selfless, caring community partners; for we know that it is this partnership that makes the program such a success.”
This year, there is a new addition to the program; an old police cruiser wrapped in a Shop with a Cop theme that will be circulating through the county collecting donations.
According to Johnson, the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page will be posting where the cruiser will be each day at https://www.facebook.com/Dawson.Co.Sheriff/.
“Look for the Santa Cruiser at area businesses throughout our county this holiday season,” Johnson said. “We encourage our community to please follow our Facebook for dates and locations.”
For those wanting to donate to Shop With a Cop, deposits can be made in person at the Santa Cruiser donation slot, or by mail at the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office at 19 Tucker Ave. For those donating with a check, Johnson said to make sure that it’s marked for “Shop With a Cop”.
Reverse Advent Calendar from Dawson County Family Connection
Dawson County Family Connection is hosting a “Reverse Advent Calendar” to provide for the basic needs of local families. Each day from through Christmas, county residents can provide specific items the organization is asking for to help Dawson County families.
According to Nancy Stites, Coordinator for Dawson County Family Connection, the reverse advent calendar drive is a great way for community members to help local families over the holiday season.
“We have found the Dawson County community wants to help their fellow neighbors, especially over the holidays, and the reverse advent calendar was created in hopes of inspiring those who can to help those in need,” Stites said. “We hope it may also be a fun and rewarding way for family, friends and coworkers to experience the joy that comes from giving this holiday season.”
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Stites said that the collected items won’t be purchased for specific families, but the variety of items and sizes on the list will allow Family Connection to fulfill needs as they arise. And items on the list will go beyond Christmas, providing essentials to families even after the holiday.
For those wanting to donate to Family Connection through the reverse advent calendar drive, donations can be made online through an Amazon Wishlist at www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2WA2PKBSJRJK6/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex, which will ship items purchased online straight to Family Connection.
Participants can also purchase items and mail them to 452 Hwy 53E #872, or place them in the Family Connection drop box at 96 Academy Ave.
For questions about the reverse advent calendar, call Family Connection at (706) 265-1981.