Sheriff's Office Annual Christmas Drive Culminates in Success
(Bel Air, MD – January 10, 2007) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office annual Christmas drive has successfully come to a close. This year marked the 24th anniversary of the Sheriff’s Office helping Harford County families 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. This year the Christmas drive supported 123 needed families. This included 271 children and 204 adults. The 2006 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 in 1983 with Sheriff Jesse Bane and Lt. Joe Mitzel and dozens of volunteer employees of the Sheriff’s Office. This years’ Christmas drive was 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. A special recognition for their support of the drive should be extended to the Bel Air office of Merrill Lynch, Karen Tracy, Charles Tracy, Mason-Dixon Community Services, Bel Air Elementary, Forest Hill Mini Storage, Forest Hill Nursery School, Forest Hill Elementary, Fallston High, St. James U.A.M.E. Church and the HCSO Citizens Academy Alumni Association.
"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.