Donation boxes out for 'Clovers, Cops and Christmas' event

Friday, October 30, 2015

CLOVERDALE -- The community can now donate to the Clovers, Cops and Christmas Toy Drive in several ways.

The Cloverdale Police Department and Cloverdale High School FFA have partnered this year to provide Christmas presents and a full holiday meal to those in need. The event is set for Dec. 19 at C Bar C in Cloverdale.

FFA sponsor Callie Edie said donations boxes and jars have been distributed throughout the county so the communities can easily donate to the cause aimed toward making sure area youth have a merry Christmas.

Wrapped donation boxes and jars can be found at Cloverdale Agricenter, Soul Harvest Church, Cloverdale Christian Church, Cloverdale Methodist Church, Millgrove Church, Endeavor Communications, Haywood's Auto, Marathon, Cloverdale Town Hall and all Cloverdale schools.

Cloverdale Police Chief Mike Clark said several donations have been received, but the collaborative effort is expecting a huge turnout for the event so more donations will be needed.

New or gently used toys, books for any age, hats and gloves are encouraged. Monetary donations are being accepted as well in order to cover additional gift purchases.

In years past, the two entities hosted separate events. Cloverdale Police Department hosted its first event last year, providing dinner and presents to more than 160 people in the community.

A project which was sparked by a single family asking for help, spread through the town with Clark learning of several more people in the community in need.

The Cloverdale FFA has hosted a toy drive for several years and last year provided toys for about 500 area children.

This year, the two are coming together to make sure more children in the area have a successful holiday, but also to provide a hearty Christmas meal to the whole family.

Edie noted the event will also be receiving some support from North Putnam School Corporation.

Cloverdale FFA students have been trying to pass along the word of the change in date and venue, as it would typically distribute on the same date every year.

Edie said students continue to be passionate about the collaboration. The FFA studetns are looking forward to an upcoming kickoff event to rally, which is geared toward keeping the students excited.

Donations can also be made by contacting Cloverdale High School at 795-4203 or the Cloverdale Police Department at 795-3800 Ext. 1.

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