Registration is open for children in need of a Christmas present this holiday season as part of the Urbana Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 93’s annual Giving Christmas Tree Program.
Residents can pick up registration forms at the Urbana Police Division window in the lobby of the Urbana municipal building, 205 S. Main St. The registration forms will be available until Nov. 30.
This year be the ninth year the program will be held. Last year, gifts were provided to 81 children from 32 different families in Urbana.
“We had so many good-hearted citizens that came to the tree to get tags that we ran out of tags and had to turn people away who were wanting to help,” Urbana Police Lt. Josh Jacobs said. “The generosity of the Urbana people never ceases to amaze me. As I have said in the past, I get to see through the FOP’s Giving Christmas Tree project that the Urbana community is second to none!”
Children placed on the Giving Christmas Tree must be 12 years of age or younger and live in the city of Urbana.
Jacobs anticipates the Christmas tree with tags will be put up in the municipal building hallway on Dec. 3. A person interested in picking up a tag from the tree can do so on or after Dec. 3.
Once a tag is taken, Jacobs said, the person makes a purchase for the child described on the tag. The purchased gift is then returned to the police department with the tag attached.
Jacobs asked for all gifts and tags to be returned to the police department by Dec. 14.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777.