Archive for Thursday, November 30, 2006

Secret Santas’ seeking help from residents

November 30, 2006

These "Secret Santas" just happen to wear badges.

The Baldwin City Police Department will again be helping families in the community to have a better Christmas. This time, they'd like some help from the community so they can do even more.

"The last several years we've helped one family or more," said Police Chief Mike McKenna. "We've done it with money, gifts or gift certificates. The officers feel that there are people who need things that won't be able to get things they need for Christmas."

As in the past, the officers want it all to remain anonymous.

"Because of the size of the community, we keep it anonymous," said McKenna. "This has to remain confidential because we don't want to embarrass them or expose them. Our officers run across these people in making calls. It's obvious to us that they aren't doing as well and don't have the basics.

"We ask them if they'd like to participate in this," he said. "I have been pleased that some people in Baldwin have found out about this and have helped out. The officers feel that those that want to help can and we can do more than what we're able to do."

The department knows that the Baldwin community has a big heart, as evident by the fundraiser chili supper recently that raised more than $10,000 for the family of Sherrie Wood, who lost her battle with cancer Saturday.

"This community is so helpful," said McKenna. "The outpouring for Sherrie Wood epitomizes that. It makes us proud to be a part of this community."

The police department will have information on hand at the office to let people know what's needed.

"If people are willing to participate, we will have cards here with, for example, 'girl, 14, size, night shirt.'" he said. "If people will go and buy this, we will give it to the family or families. It will help them to have a better Christmas or not having a Christmas at all."

Those interested can stop by the office at 811 Eighth Street between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"Kerry Jacques or any officer on duty will direct them where they can help," said McKenna. "We can act in a capacity of 'here's some new tennis shoes' and he doesn't need to know where they came from and no one needs to know that he needed them."

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