Christmas For Kids in Fulton County is returning this year to help give a merry Christmas to local children who might not otherwise have one.
All Fulton County police and fire/EMS departments are implementing the program this year. The program allows first responders a chance to build a positive relationship with children in the county and spend one-on-one time with those whose families are having financial issues.
In addition to making Christmas merry for local children, a goal of the program is to break down the barriers between the community and first responders with the intent of developing a better and more trusting relationship.
In order to facilitate the program, first responders are asking for donations to help spread cheer and help the children in need.
Donations by check can be made out to the Wauseon Fireman’s Association, or mailed or delivered to 230 Clinton St., Wauseon, Ohio 43567 Attn: Christmas For Kids In Fulton County. Write “Christmas For Kids In Fulton County” on the memo line of the check. Cash is also accepted, and can be dropped off at the same location.
Each child will receive $75-100 toward shopping. The children who are selected will meet at the Wauseon Police Department in the morning and enjoy breakfast with first responders prior to leaving for the event. A convoy of patrol cars, fire trucks, and ambulances will take the kids to Walmart to begin their shopping.
Children are encouraged to buy a special gift for themselves, and often decide to purchase something for family members.
Applications for children are available at the Wauseon Police Department front desk.
For more information, visit the Wauseon Police Department Facebook page or contact Officer John Borcherdt at 419-335-3821 or WPD2687@wauseonpd.com.