Some 14 years ago, Lientenant Greg Grant of the New Boston Police Department came up with the idea to team up with volunteers and old Santa Claus himself and deliver gifts to children in need of a special Christmas. Though Grant is no longer with the NBPD, the tradition will continue again this year.
Captain Steve Goins said the New Boston Mayor’s Office and the Police Department have started taking applications, with Nov. 18, 2016 the deadline for applying.
“Right now it’s just for New Boston residents only, or if the kids go to New Boston schools,” Goins said.
Goins said anyone wanting to apply can come into Mayor Junior Williams’ Office or at the police station.
“They can fill it out that day. They should have all the information. They should know their kids’ clothing and shoe sizes,” Goins said. “Then they can turn those (applications) back in that day if they would like to.”
Goins said the village of New Boston will be soliciting donations from the community including New Boston and other sections of Scioto County.
“We’ve always been very fortunate that local business owners in New Boston and the Scioto County area have always been generous to us for that program,” Goins said.
Donations can be made by sending a check to Mayor Junior Williams’ Office at 3980 Rhodes Ave., New Boston, Ohio, 45662, the New Boston Police Department at 3978 Rhodes Ave., New Boston, Ohio, 45662, or you can come in during business hours 8-4 at either the mayor’s office of the police department and leave a check or cash.
Goins said checks can be made out to the New Boston Police Christmas Fund.
“We’re asking if anybody who would like to volunteer this season, to maybe wrap Christmas presents, to get a hold of Jessica Grant, Court Administrator for Mayor’s Court for possible volunteer dates and times,” Goins said. “That normally starts about the first or second week of December. For kids who don’t live in New Boston, but go to New Boston schools, gifts may be picked up at the New Boston Police Station, because we only deliver in New Boston.”
After the cutoff date of Nov. 18, people can call the mayor’s office at 740-456-4103 and talk with Jessica Grant to see if there are any gifts left over.
Goins said he expects volunteers to deliver the gifts around Dec. 22.
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