Santas needed for Wishing Tree |

Santas needed for Wishing Tree

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Some surreptitious Santas still are being sought for the Caring and Sharing program run by the Grass Valley Police Officers Association.

The program, now in its 21st year, is designed to help less fortunate children in the community while building positive relationships between law enforcement, children and their families.

Children are referred to the program from community members as well as other public service agencies.

The program’s Wishing Tree is placed in the lobby of the Grass Valley Police Department at 129 S. Auburn St., and citizens are invited to visit and take a tag from the tree.

“That’s what makes it so awesome. That we’re able to give them things they need, that their parents aren’t able to buy for them.”
— Officer Jim Amaral,
Grass Valley Police Department

The tags have a child’s name, gender, age and wish-list item.

“The community needs to know there are still cards there to be taken,” said Officer Jim Amaral.

“Normally, the lobby would be closed Saturday, but it will be open (today) for community members to come in and grab cards off the tree.”

Some of the more popular requests are for clothing, Amaral said.

“A lot of them need clothes — jackets and shoes,” he said. “That’s what makes it so awesome. That we’re able to give them things they need, that their parents aren’t able to buy for them. We choose (these kids) because they are so needy.”

On the toy front, Legos and “baby dolls” tend to be popular as well, Amaral said.

And community members can also donate money, which will be used by the association for “Shop with a Cop” Dec. 15.

The children will spend a morning at Grass Valley Kmart shopping with Grass Valley Police officers or police
department volunteers before receiving breakfast at IHop and meeting Santa Claus, who
will give them the gift purchased by the community members.

Grass Valley Police Department lobby hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Items must be wrapped, labeled and returned to the police department by Dec. 12.

Individuals who want to make a monetary donation can make checks payable to the Grass Valley Police Officers Association.

For information, contact Amaral at (530) 274-4356.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call (530) 477-4229.

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