SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Christmas season means children everywhere will be opening presents, decorating the tree and spending time with their family and loved ones, but there are children who are not as fortunate. This Christmas, SPD will give back by helping foster children in the area.

For the third year, the Sylacauga Police Department (SPD) is partnering with the Coosa Valley Ministerial Association (CVMA) again to provide presents to the 81 children in the care of Talladega County D.H.R. Foster Care in this year’s “2019 Christmas for Kids.”

“We’re looking for as much funding and as many donations as we can get to help the kids in the Foster Care Center as much as possible,” said Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson.

The department is short of its goal at the moment.

“This is really important, because the kids in the foster system are in a bad situation already,” said Johnson. “We’re trying to help make a bad situation a little better for the kids that have been displaced from their families due to neglect, danger in the home or whatever the reason may be.”

One donations are given to SPD, the department purchases gifts with the donations, and then it transfers the gifts over to the foster care center. The center then disperses the gifts among the children for Christmas.

Johnson says that the overall goal of this is to bring joy to these children during the holiday season.

The deadline to give donations is Friday, Dec. 6 at 4:00 p.m, and checks can be made payable to CVMA.

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