By LYDIA BERGLAR
Each year, the Dade County Sheriff’s Office and the Trenton Police Department serve the community through Hope for the Holidays and Silver Bells (respectively). Both programs collect donations from the community to distribute to those who find themselves in need during the Christmas season.
The police department serves senior citizens in need by providing basic hygiene items, blankets, socks, food cards, and crossword puzzles. The department also distributes packets of information about topics like avoiding scams, handling financial issues, and what to do during natural disasters.
This year, the police collected nominations of Silver Bells who could use assistance by Dec.1, and they distributed items the week of Dec. 12.
Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office collects and distributes toys for children whose families cannot afford many presents. Hope for the Holidays collects items and monetary donations throughout the year.
Cyndi Thurman (administrative assistant to the sheriff) noted that they are thankful to the many local businesses and churches who make donations. Thurman explained, “We ask for a wish list of three items for each child, and we try to provide at least one toy from that list. We don’t distribute electronics, clothes, or bicycles.”
This year, they distributed toys on Dec. 17 to about 85 families who applied through the income-based application.