Operation Blue Santa efforts are underway in both Ark City and Winfield to help provide toys and household supplies to less fortunate families this holiday season.
The requests in each city are just a bit different from one another, so please read the information for city in which you wish to help.
Blue Santa is a program that gives law enforcement groups an opportunity to assist those most in need at Christmastime.
In WINFIELD, the police department and police academy alumni association are asking for your donations of cash and household supplies. Each year, the program relies on the support of residents, businesses, churches and civic groups to achieve its goal.
Donated household supplies can be dropped off at the Winfield Police Department. Items needed include: paper towels, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, dish soap, aluminum foil, toothbrushes, mouthwash, deodorant, shampoo, etc.
You can stop by the police station to make a donation. Or send money to W.P.D., Attn: Operation Santa, 812 Millington, Winfield, KS, 67156.
Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. If there are any questions feel free to call Michelle at (620) 221-5545 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In ARK CITY, Cowley College Criminal Justice Students are seeking the following items: Any type of non-food household item that families in need could use. Ideas include, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.
They will also be seeking unopened toys for either boys or girls, gift cards to local establishments, or monetary donations.
There are two ways to contribute to Blue Santa in Ark City.
First, donations can be brought to a collection point at Ireland Hall on the campus of Cowley College between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. any day that classes are in session.
Second, any donation can be given directly to any criminal justice student.
Donations need to be in prior to 10 a.m. on Friday Dec. 14. For more information about the program or donations please call criminal justice Instructor Frank Owens at 620-441-5285.