On Thursday at 9 a.m. the New Boston Police Department, Fire Department, Service Department and Village Employees spent the day delivering Christmas presents to children in the Village of New Boston.
This Christmas program started around 15 years ago and has grown since then with the help of donations from businesses and citizens and the Portsmouth Motorcycle Club Members collecting funds during the thanksgiving holiday. This year around 300 children received gifts thanks to the generosity of the Village.
“We started this approximately 15 years ago. It was the idea of Lt. Greg Grant, and is a joint effort between police and fire departments. Doing this job you sometimes see things that concern you. We felt it would be a good thing to do this for families who needed some help around Christmas time.” Captain Robert Deerfield of the New Boston Police Department said. “The different agencies and organizations in the village came together and were able to assist well over 100 families and approximately 300 children.”
According to Deerfield, the families that are chosen apply by application.
“People who may need assistance can apply and fill out an application, they list children’s ages and attach their Christmas wish lists, once they return those applications, Jessica, Lana, and Lori, of the Mayor’s office do most of the shopping and then students from the High School assist in wrapping the gifts. Once the gifts are sorted and wrapped, the Police Department, Fire Department, service personnel and some of the Village Councilmen get together along with Santa Clause and deliver the gifts to the families in uniform. It’s great to see the kids get so excited about their gifts,” said Captain Deerfield.
Some families however, elect to pick up their gifts themselves rather than have them delivered to their homes.
The Portsmouth Police Department hopes they are able to continue giving at such a large volume in years to come and help to continue putting smiles on the faces of area children.
Information from this story was provided by a News Release from the New Boston Police Department.
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