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Santa needs help now

by Andrew Kirk, OF THE RECORD STAFF

Giving is part of many peoples’ holiday traditions and charities in town would like residents to start thinking now about what they can do for needy children.

The Park City Police Department’s Shop with a Cop has been renamed Cops and Kids and is scheduled for Dec. 19. The annual event treats local children to a breakfast with peace officers from all over the area and then a lights-and-sirens parade to Walmart where Santa flies in on a helicopter and every child is given a $100 shopping spree.

The department tries to include about 80 kids, and so raises $8,000. Because money is tighter for everyone this year, the goal is 60 kids and $6,000, explained Officer Leslie Welker.

The officers love it as much as the children, and rather than spend $100 on themselves, it’s typical for the kids to walk around the store finding things for their family as well, she said.

Monetary donations from businesses and individuals are needed to come up with the $6,000. Welker asks people to drop money off at the station at 2060 Park Ave. or mail checks to P.O. Box 681317, Park City, UT, 84068.

Donations will be accepted up until Dec. 19, but the earlier money is received, the better the idea the organizers have about how many children can be included in the event.

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Tim Dahlin, executive director of the Christian Center of Park City, said he’s looking for participants in the Santa’s Helper program.

The center strives to provide one Christmas gift to each member of about 600 families; that includes about 900 children.

Around 320 families from Coalville to Heber have already asked to be recipients as of Thursday, he said.

Sponsors are given lists of what the family needs and what the children would like. Then people can either give the gifts directly from one family to another, can drop off the items at the Christian Center, or can participate in the sorting and delivery the week before Christmas.

Lists can be picked up at the center on Iron Horse Drive or can be mailed to sponsors upon request. Call 649-2260 for more information.

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