By Melissa McCaghren
Collections for the annual Santa Red and Blue are under way, asking people to donate items to help those who are less fortunate.
Among items sought are non-perishable food items, toys and monetary donations.
The schools have also been doing fundraisers and contests, collecting specific items to add to the donations.
Chief of Police Trevor Barnes said each year $6,000, all donated funds, is spent on this project to help families.
This Thursday (Dec. 12), Barnes asked people to come out Thursday to the High School Dome at 4:15 p.m., where they will pass out 1,500 bags for Cruzin’ for Can food drive. “It’s a big project,” he said, adding they will pick up the bags at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16.
He also encouraged people to apply for the program if they are in need.
“So far, we’ve received about 60 applications right now. We usually do about 130 applications,” he said, adding that those needing to apply can still do so until 5 p.m. Friday (Dec. 13), which allows time to organize the applications and determine who is in need.
“So we need a lot of applications to be turned in so we can deliver all this food to somebody,” Barnes added.
Food and item Donations are also due Friday; however Barnes said that monetary donation can be accepted all throughout the year.