The Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) prides itself on its outreach activities, and Christmas is another opportunity for the service to engage the community it serves.
The DBPD has three different Christmas projects in store with a cop, toys for toddlers and a bicycle gift.
“It’s extremely important for us to give back during the holidays, especially in recent years in the face of the pandemic. It boosts people’s morale and helps them financially,” police chief Jakari Young said.
“It’s something we look forward to doing every year. We subscribe to servant leadership. It’s about giving back to our community.
“Shop with a Cop” is Dec. 19 where local kids shop Christmas presents with agents at Walmart at 1101 Belleview Road at 9 a.m. Children are selected primarily by school resource officers. Outreach programs and organizations have also singled out children.
The DBPD also participates in the Toys for Tots program.
“This is our second year. We should be able to help 500 children. We picked up toys and dropped them off at Toys for Tots,” Young added.
There will also be a bike giveaway at Police Headquarters at 129 Valor Road.
“We are still working out the details of this. We should have it by the end of the week,” Young said.
People can donate bikes to the DBPD Bike Giveaway by dropping them off at the police station.
For more information or to donate, call 386-671-5102.
CHP holiday gift
The Community Healing Project (CHP) will be hosting an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party on Saturday, December 17 at GI Joe’s Lounge, 1668 Ridgewood Ave., from 6-9 p.m.
This is the organization’s fourth annual holiday giveaway event. It will consist of distributing toys, coats, books and hot meals.
CHP partners with Burlington to give away 500 coats. Coats can also be donated in Burlington.
The coats will be collected during the event on December 17. The remaining coats will go to local churches, shelters, schools and nursing homes.
“It’s always good to give back. So many families are dealing with financial, personal and even COVID issues,’ said CHP Director Dyrell Johnson.
Toys can be donated by contacting Community Healing Project. Participants can register until December 16.
For more information, to donate or to register, contact Johnson at 386-682-0650 or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chponline386.
Toys for toddlers
It’s too late to request toys through Volusia County’s Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, but toys and finances can be donated through December 15.
Toys will be distributed only to those who have pre-registered for the program or through its partners.