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Twenty Five Years of Christmas Giving

(Harford County, MD – December 11, 2007) — The Harford County Sheriff's Office Annual Christmas Drive is underway. Chaired for the second year by Captain Steve Thomas and Lauren Brooks, the agency has been committed to helping families during the holiday season for over a quarter of a century. The program has grown significantly in the last 25 years under the direction of then retired Major now Sheriff L. Jesse Bane, and retired Lieutenant Joe Mitzel, as well as dozens of volunteers from the Harford County Sheriff's Office. In 2006, the Harford County Sheriff's Office helped 123 families which included 204 adults and 271 children. Christmas gifts and food were delivered to various communities throughout the county.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is accepting donations of non-perishable foods; holiday candy; personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant; first aid supplies such as band aids and bandages and toys. Toys specifically sought out this year are dolls, crayons, actions figures, and games. Items for teens ages 12- 15 are also in high demand. Specifically requested for girls are purses, make-up and lotions: for boys, sports equipment and games. Cash and Checks are always accepted. Checks should be made payable to the "Harford County Sheriff's Office Employee Fund". Collection drop boxes can be found at the following locations: Harford County Sheriff's Office Headquarters located at 45 S. Main Street in Bel Air; Harford County Sheriff's Office's Southern Precinct located at 1717 Gateway Drive in Edgewood MD; Harford County Sheriff's Office's Northern Precinct located at 3726 Norrisville Road in Jarrettsvile; and the Harford County Detention Center located at 1030 Rock Spring Avenue in Bel Air near Forest Hill. All of the collected items were stored courtesy of the Forest Hill Mini Storage until moved on December 9th to the Christmas Drive assembly shop.

"It is only through the generosity of our volunteers and the community's donations that allow the annual Christmas Drive to be as successful as it is," stated Lauren Brooks, co- chair of the Annual Christmas Drive. "Each year the Sheriff's Office Christmas Drive helps to make a difference in the lives of many families throughout the holidays. It is a pleasure to participate." For more information, volunteer or request assistance, feel free to contact Lauren Brooks at 410-836-5452 or Captain Thomas at 410-638-4439.