The Citrus Heights Police Department is partnering with local service clubs, schools, neighborhood groups, businesses and individuals to meet the holiday needs of several families in the community.
The fifth annual Holiday Referral Program aims to provide needy families with food, household items, and toys and clothes for the children.
Organizers stress that they rely heavily on the community to make the effort a success. Last year, the Police Department worked with more than 40 service clubs, business groups, social organizations, churches, schools and other members of the community to assist 80 families, including 180 children and 160 adults.
Participation can include donating items, adopting a family or volunteering.
Community members can donate to or nominate a family who needs assistance by filling out a referral form. For a family to be considered, an application must be completed and submitted to the Police Department.
Holiday Referral Program applications are available at the Police Department's front counter or online at www.citrusheightspd.net. Completed referrals can be dropped off at the department or mailed to the Citrus Heights Police Department, 6315 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95621. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 22.
Donations will be accepted from Nov. 24 to Dec. 15. They may be dropped off at the Police Department from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
The department encourages businesses to work with employee teams to collect donations for the program or adopt a family. Businesses also are sought to place donation bins in their lobbies to collect new toys, clothes and other items.
To volunteer, adopt a family or learn more about the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Stacy Gallman, (916) 727-5565, email@example.com, or Sandy Maraviov, (916) 727-5557, firstname.lastname@example.org.