Sheriff’s Office Christmas Drive Underway

Twenty-fourth Anniversary of Helping People

(Bel Air, MD – December 1, 2006) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office annual Christmas drive is has begun. This year marks the 24th anniversary of the Sheriff’s Office helping families in Harford County in need during the holiday season.

Since its inception in 1983, the Christmas drive has provided non-perishable food, clothing and toys to more than 100 Harford County families each year. Last year the Christmas drive supported 193 needed families. This included 335 children and 242 adults. The 2005 Christmas drive provided arts and craft gifts for children in the pediatric unit at Sinai Hospital. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office collaborated with Harford Community Church to provide Christmas for more than 100 children.

This special project of helping the needy began with retired Major Jesse Bane and Lt. Joe Mitzel and dozens of volunteer employees of the Sheriff’s Office. This years’ Christmas drive is co-chaired by Lauren Brooks and Lt. Steve Thomas of the Sheriff’s Office.

Each year dedicated members of the community come together with Sheriff’s Office personnel to help those in need by collecting toys, purchasing non-perishable food, wrapping gifts, screening potential families and delivering the items prior to Christmas day. Donation boxes are located in the lobbies of the Northern Precinct in Jarrettsville, the Southern Precinct in Edgewood, the Harford County Detention Center and at the Headquarters office located at 45 South Main Street in Bel Air.

The Sheriff’s Office accepts the following types of donations for the Christmas drive: non-perishable food items; personal hygiene items including toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, soap, deodorant and similar products; cleaning supplies; toys; coloring books; books; school supplies; basketballs; softballs; soccer balls; gift certificates or monetary contributions. Checks should be payable to the “Sheriff’s Office Employees Fund.”

“Each year the Sheriff’s Office Christmas Drive helps to make a difference in the lives of countless families during the holidays”, stated Lauren Brooks. “We have come a long way since 1983 and through the generosity of the people of Harford County we will continue to grow” Brooks remarked.

For further information, to volunteer or request assistance contact Lauren Brooks at 410-836-5452 or Lt. Thomas at 410-692-7880.