The Oak Harbor Police Auxiliary hosts its 4th annual Holiday Drive 2021, a continued effort to provide Thanksgiving dinners to residents in need in the Village of Oak Harbor and surrounding areas. The auxiliary accepts private nominations of residents who might need or want a meal delivered.
“We are extremely excited to continue our Holiday Drives for the fourth consecutive year,” said Sergeant Taylor Beck. “This year, our hot Thanksgiving meals are being donated by the American Legion Post #114 in Oak Harbor. We are extremely grateful for that donation and anticipate 40 meals going out to local residents.”
Community members with last-minute nominations for a Thanksgiving meal should call
419-898-2055 and request Sgt. Beck or Chief Dispatcher Anna.
The Auxiliary’s fourth annual Christmas Drive is also launching this week. The Auxiliary supports families in need to provide gifts for children on Christmas morning. For the Christmas Drive, the nomination process will begins Friday, Nov. 26 and continues until Friday, Dec. 17. Members of the public may privately contact the department to provide a name and address of individuals or families who may benefit from the program.
Nominations may also be made via private message to the Facebook page “Oak Harbor, Ohio Police Department.”
Typically, a few days before Christmas, members of the Oak Harbor Police Department and Auxiliary deliver the gifts to guardians of children, so the gifts can be given on Christmas Day. Gifts for adult individuals are delivered around the same time.
Sgt. Beck indicated the Holiday Drive program has been extended to any family in the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District. Christmas gifts have also been given to the elderly members of the community who may not have family close by or who live alone.
“As a reminder, this drive could be for a family, couple or individual that could use some Holiday Cheer,” added Sgt. Beck. “It is not limited to children and not limited to just people struggling financially. Our goal is to bring a smile to the faces of residents who may have had a difficult year.”
Due to Covid-19, Beck indicated the department is “kindly asking for monetary donations to fulfill the needs for Christmas in 2021.” Financial donations for either holiday drive may be dropped off at the police station, 146 N. Church Street, or contact Beck to make arrangements to collect payment at 419-898-2055.