Cops and Kids needs gifts for children
The Tarpon Springs Police Department is seeking donations to provide gifts for local children from struggling families for its annual Cops and Kids Christmas program. The department is looking for new, unwrapped gifts, as well as new clothing, shoes and underwear, for children ages 5 to 14. Donations can be dropped off at the police station, 444 S Huey Ave., through Dec. 20. The Police Department is also accepting cash or checks to buy "wish list" items. Checks should be made payable to Tarpon Springs Police Department Cops/Kids Program. For questions, call Ed Hayden at (727) 934-4800. The Tarpon Springs Police Department does not solicit donations by telephone and warns that any such calls are fraudulent.
It's not too late to join parade
There is still time for companies and organizations to sign up to participate in the Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade on Dec. 15 . The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the Winn-Dixie shopping center on S Pinellas Avenue, turn right on Lemon Street, left on Ring Avenue and left on Tarpon Avenue to Craig Park on Spring Bayou. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets. They are also welcome at the Chamber of Commerce/Artists' Faire Art Gallery, 111 E Tarpon Ave., for free coffee and hot chocolate, beginning at 9 a.m. The festivities will continue in Craig Park, where children can visit with Santa and participate in games and a candy cane hunt. For more information, call the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce at (727) 937-6109.
City staff seeks a 'boatload of food'
For the second year in a row, Dunedin city staffers have named the tree in front of City Hall "The Giving Tree" and decorated it with a nautical theme to support their efforts in "collecting a boatload of food" for the community. Citizens can drop off nonperishable food items, grocery gift cards or new children's toys in the lobby of City Hall, 542 Main St., and sign the Christmas card that will be delivered with the donations to a local charitable organization selected by Dunedin's social services committee. Donations will be accepted 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 20.
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