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Carbondale residents benefit from 'Community Christmas Store' program

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

The City of Carbondale Police Department hosted its 15th annual Community Christmas Store for Carbondale residents on December 14 and 15.

The program targets families with children from ages one to 10 years old and who do not receive services from other agencies.

The program has evolved to let the parents be more involved in the selection of the gifts for their children.

The program is held at the Carbondale Police Department. Parents sign up to shop for their children at discounted prices and are able to choose three gifts per child at $2 per gift.

This year the Community Christmas Store provided gifts for more than 125 children from 60 families.

The department, partnering with SIU Athletics for a second year, was able to also provide a new winter coat to each child participating in the program free of charge.

The police department would like to extend sincere thanks to the many local businesses and people who donated toys, cash or other items to the program and also the volunteers who assisted in wrapping the gifts for the children.

The department also wishes to thank the SIU Athletics Department for their help with the coat drive.

Any person or business interested in contributing to the program can contact Susie Toliver at (618)-457-3200 ext. 447.

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