While you’re making out your Christmas gift list, you might want to add one for a child you don’t know. Once again, the Oskaloosa Police Association is holding its annual Christmas Giving Tree program. Oskaloosa Police Officer Troy Boston talks about the Giving Tree program.
“Basically, (the Police Association) along with the Sheriff’s Posse, Fire Department and other community businesses…we work with SEIDA. We collect information, collect gift stockings for kids that are less fortunate that might not be able to have a Christmas this year because of financial concerns.”
You can pick up a gift stocking at Mahaska Drug, Hy-Vee, Fareway or The Shoe Department. Each stocking has a shopping list for a child in need. When you get the gift, you can turn it in to the Oskaloosa Police Station, or to the business where you picked up the stocking. Boston says the Christmas Giving Tree program helped over 200 kids in Oskaloosa have a more merry Christmas last year. The deadline to buy gifts for a gift stocking is December 19.