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Calif. Police Kick Off Season of Giving; 2 Charity Drives to Help Less Privileged

Tri-Valley Herald (California)

LIVERMORE, Calif. -- With the holidays rapidly approaching, the Livermore Police Department has two charity drives under way to help the less privileged.

Starting on Monday, a "Giving Tree" will decorate the department's lobby. "Need tags" will hang from the tree's branches.

"Members of the public are encouraged to come in and take a tag from the tree," Livermore Police Sgt. John Hurd said. "On the tag are items that less-privileged families need for the holidays."

The public can come and see the tree Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., police said. New and unwrapped gifts fulfilling the wishes of the underprivileged can be left at the tree during those same hours until Dec. 5.

The Livermore Police Department is located at 1110 S. Livermore Ave.

Families tagged on the tree include a terminally ill man who's looking after his grandson, a mother of two living in a one-bedroom home, and a mother of three with two special-needs children, police said.

Monetary donations also are being accepted and can be sent to The Giving Tree, 1452 N. Vasco Road, No. 362, Livermore, CA 94551.

The tree is the first community project launched by graduates of the Livermore Police Department's Citizens Police Academy, Hurd said. The gradu-

ates will gift wrap the donated gifts before they are presented to the families.

The department also is accepting items for its third-annual Canned Food, Coat and Toy Drive, Officer Mony Nop said. People can leave donated items at 13 drop-off points throughout the city.

The drive will culminate on Saturday, Dec. 4, with a barbecue and basketball game between police officers and firefighters at Livermore High School, 600 Maple St.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nop said. The public is encouraged to donate an item when they come to watch the game, then enjoy the barbecue afterward for a $3 donation.

All donations will be benefit the Tri-Valley Haven for Women, Shepherd's Gate and Livermore elementary schools.

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