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Posted on: December 13, 2017

‘Santa Cops’ Program Brings Holiday Joy to Families in Need

More than 160 children received gifts from their holiday wish list, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a bit of holiday cheer at Town Hall in Firestone on Sunday afternoon. The activities were part of the annual Carbon Valley ‘Santa Cops’ program, an annual effort by the Firestone, Frederick and Dacono police departments to provide toys, clothing and gifts for children in need in the Carbon Valley area. More than 60 families in Firestone were beneficiaries of the event this year.

Firestone Santa Cops coordinator Beverly Medina, along with Angel Gahnstrom, and Michelle Powers, all of the Firestone Police Department, have kept the program running for the past ten years. They’ve been sharing the joys of Christmas for years as they have witnessed a steady increase in those that are not able to provide holiday gifts for their children.

According to Medina, “There’s no greater gift than seeing the children and families of this community coming together with city officials and our police officers to celebrate the season of giving. Hearing the kids walking through our town hall talking about their visit with Santa or excitedly wheeling a new bike outside really brings home the spirit of the holidays and of our community.” Added Powers, “The joy of bringing Christmas to a child that may not even have one gift to open can be life changing.”

The 2017 Firestone Santa Cops program was partially supported by a fundraiser by the Women of Global Change (WGC), Denver Chapter, along with the Fair Hand Foundation, along with other generous contributors.
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