Update: 12/04/2014 5:45 P.M.
Parkersburg Police work to give local children a Merry Christmas
They've teamed with Try-Again Homes collecting toys and other new items for youngsters who are part of the agency's programs for foster children.
Cash donations are also being accepted.
Try-Again also hopes to provide assistance again this year for other needy children.
"And we are also able to service community children," said Try-Again's Heather Reinike. "We had received calls from various local schools and the police department, and we were very happy to service children who were not necessarily within our agency. We are hoping to get enough toys to do something similar to that this year."
Police are accepting donations at the police department at the Parkersburg City Building or at the police sub-station at Parkersburg City Park.
The sub-station will also be the location of a collection drive next Wednesday night, December 10, from 5-7 P.M.
UPDATE 12/17/2013 5:00 PM
It's a merry Christmas for area foster children, thanks to the Parkersburg Police and Try-Again Homes.
Sgt. Greg Collins says the foster child gift program gives them the Christmas every child deserves.
New and unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the City Park police substation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through December 20th.
"This is a very important project to me personally and it's important for our department to be a part of because these kids that become foster children are the center of events that we respond to more often that not," Collins says.
He says this could make Christmas a moment for these kids that they see life a little differently.
He's humbled at the community's generosity and support for the police department.
UPDATE 11/11/2013 5:15 PM
It's looking like a brighter Christmas for local foster children, courtesy of the Parkersburg Police and Try-Again Homes.
Sgt. Greg Collins says three years ago he was looking for a good cause to support and he found Try-Again Homes.
It's a perfect fit for the department and really shows the caring side of the officers and their desire to give back to kids who need it most.
"This program starts today and will end December 20 -- any new and unwrapped presents can be dropped off at the City Park substation," Collins says. "Our officers will be there to help out. We have some great police volunteers working our substations that help us facilitate this every year."
He says what we do as a community can affect these children for the rest of their lives.
The program gives them that moment that every child deserves on Christmas morning.
Parkersburg Police are once again helping our region's foster children have a Merry Christmas.
Police are partnering with Try-Again Homes for the third straight year collecting gifts for kids.
Drop-offs will be accepted starting Monday, November 11 at the City Park Police Substation.
Officers and volunteers will accept new and unwrapped gifts Monday–Friday 9–3pm, until December 20th.
For more information about the drive, call 304-424-0683.