The Los Rios Police Department is working with the Salvation Army to give kids presents in time for the holiday season, and are setting a record of sponsoring 500 children.
The Angel Tree program, which is set up by the Salvation Army, has decorated trees with tags around various areas. Each tag on the tree represents a child that needs a toy.
This is the first year that they are sponsoring the program, and the officers who were tasked with coordinating the program are Ben Ernest and Alycia Krewson.
“We have placed a tree up with these tags on so that our students, and staff can choose a tag and help a child this holiday season,” said Ernest.
According to Krewson, the LRPD is trying to be more involved in the community.
“We’re such a large district that I feel like we’d have success helping out some non-profit organizations.”
Trees can be found at different locations within the school district. The one at American River College can be found at the library but the LRPD may be taking it down soon.
“We have actually completed all of our tags today on our campus, so the tree will be taken down later today,” said Ernest.
The LRPD is also working with the Sacramento Food Bank for the “Spirit of Giving” program to donate food and clothes to those in need.
The location of the container for donations on campus will be moved from the police office to the library, where it can be more visible to students and staff. Interested donors can also make cash donations at the police office where receipts will be provided.
“New and gently used toys for all ages, clothes, things that would help a family in need during the holidays,” said Cpl. Noah Winchester of the LRPD when asked what kinds of items families may need.
The Angel Tree program will go on until Dec. 10, but the “Spirit of Giving” program will run until Jan. 31.