Sentinel staff report–
The Citrus Heights Police Department and City of Citrus Heights are again partnering with a variety of community groups and businesses to provide gifts to in-need families this holiday season.
The annual community effort is now in its ninth year and seeks to provide assistance to families residing in Citrus Heights who “have experienced a hardship or critical event in their life over the past year that has caused a significant change in their financial abilities,” according to a Nov. 1 news release. Last year, police said the program assisted over 50 families and enlisted the help of more than 50 service and social clubs, business groups, churches, schools, and community members.
As a referral-based program, the department accepts applications from community members who refer local families that have been through a recent hardship. Referrals are accepted through Nov. 20 this year, via an online application or hard copy form available at the police department’s front desk.
Qualifying families are then provided with food, household items, clothes and toys for children. Several families are also selected to have the gifts delivered by a police convoy — an annual high-profile trek through the city filled with flashing lights, dozens of police officers and their families, and Citrus Heights leaders.
Donations for the 2017 program will be accepted from Nov. 21 through Dec. 19 at the Citrus Heights Police Department, located at 6315 Fountain Square Drive. Drop-off hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Local businesses are also being sought for placing donation bins in their stores.
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