Twenty-Seven Years of Christmas Giving

(Harford County, MD – November 23, 2009) - The Harford County Sheriff’s Office Annual Christmas Drive is underway. Chaired for the fourth 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 27 years with the help of dozens of volunteers from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. With all the help from the community, 2008 was a record year, helping 198 families that included 266 adults and 421 children. Christmas gifts and food were delivered to various communities throughout the county.

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations of toys, 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. 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 and for boys, sports equipment and games. Cash is accepted and 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 Headquarters45 S. Main Street in Bel Air
HCSO Southern Precinct1717 Gateway Drive in Edgewood MD
HCSO Northern Precinct3726 Norrisville Road in Jarrettsville
Harford County Detention Center1030 Rock Spring Avenue in Bel Air

Prearranged drop off’s may also be made at the “Christmas Shop,” located in the Festival at Bel Air.

“It is in the true Christmas spirit to give where it is needed. We can only do this through the generosity of all of our volunteers and the donations from the community,” stated Captain Thomas, co-chair of the Annual Christmas Drive. “As a member of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, it is my privilege to partner with our community on behalf of such a worthwhile endeavor.” For more information, volunteer or request assistance, feel free to contact Lauren Brooks at 410-836-5494 or Captain Thomas at 410-638-4439.

Media Release

November 23, 2009


  • Monica A. Worrell

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