The Oak Harbor Police Auxiliary will host its 3rd annual Holiday Drive 2020, in a continued effort to provide Thanksgiving dinners to residents in need in the Village of Oak Harbor and surrounding areas. The Holiday Drive launches the first week of November. The Auxiliary will be accepting from the public their private nominations of residents who might need a meal delivered.
“We are very excited to prepare for our drive this year,” said Sergeant Taylor Beck, the point-person for the effort. “We will be delivering hot Thanksgiving meals to those who may not have family close by, or aren’t able to cook any more.”
As in past years, the Auxiliary will also accept food donations of Thanksgiving meal ingredients for residents to cook in their own homes. Only non-perishable food items will be accepted.
The donations must be unopened, non-expired, and primarily geared toward a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Donations will be accepted through Monday, Nov. 23. Items may be dropped off to the Oak Harbor Police Department.
Residents may also call the non-emergency line (419-898-2055), preferably between 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., to request a pick up.
On Thanksgiving Day, members of the Oak Harbor Police Department and Auxiliary will hand deliver the meals to the residents. Anyone wishing to nominate a resident is encouraged to call the Oak Harbor Police Department and request to speak with Sgt. Beck or Anna.
The Auxiliary’s third annual Christmas Drive will launch the last week of November. The Auxiliary supports families in need, providing gifts for children on Christmas morning. For the Christmas Drive, the nomination process will start the last week of November and run through mid-December. Members of the public may privately contact the department to provide a name and address of any individual or family who could benefit from the program. Typically, a few days before Christmas, members of the Oak Harbor Police Department and Auxiliary deliver the gifts to residents.
“In years past, we have been so fortunate to have residents and the American Legion Post donate financially, allowing us to also take Christmas gifts to the elderly members of the community who may not have family close by, live alone, or simply could use some holiday cheer,” added Sgt. Beck. “Holidays are a very tough time for some people. We launched this drive in 2018 to make sure that our residents know they are not forgotten during the holidays.”
Food donations are being accepted for only the Thanksgiving meal at this time. Due to COVID, Sgt. Beck indicated the department is “kindly asking for monetary donations to fulfill the needs for Christmas in 2020.”
Financial donations for either holiday drive may be dropped off at the police station, or contact Sgt. Beck to make arrangements to collect payment. Located at 146 N. Church Street, the Oak Harbor Police Department, 419-898-2055 (non-emergency contact number), is closed to the public, due to Covid-19. Staff will come outside and address anyone in need.