The Trenton City Police Department announced on Oct. 13 that it is accepting Silver Bell Christmas Program donations as the holiday approaches.
The program collects hygiene items, blankets, socks, crossword puzzles and much more to give to needy senior citizens for Christmas. Police Chief Christy Smith said in a Facebook post that the program, which started three years ago, has been a huge success.
“We usually hold different events to help fund the project, but due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we were unable to this year,” Smith said. “This year will be challenging.”
Smith said Silver Bells has received enough blankets, socks, gloves and toboggans. However, there are items the program is in short supply of.
The most needed items are color and scent-free lotion, sugar-free candies, chapstick, shampoo and conditioner, denture tablets, stuffed animals, hand sanitizer, Christmas ornaments, soaps, body wash and children’s artwork.
“It isn’t anything extravagant but pretty basic,” Smith said. “We like to include volunteers from the community to help deliver the items about a week before Christmas. I can’t wait to see the smile on their faces.”
Those interested in donating should call Christy Smith at 706-657-4167 or drop off donations at Trenton City Hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. City Hall is open Monday through Friday.
Smith said that those who donate, which are called Silver Bells, are given a $25 food gift card. Last year, 70 gift cards were given to donors.
“If you know someone who could benefit from our program, please contact me and I will add them to our list,” Smith said. “Thank you for continuing to support our Silver Bells.”