Giving Thanks: Four Ways To Help Your Community This Holiday Season
As people give thanks during the holidays, many often think of ways to give back to their community. The City of Golden Valley is involved in four outreach programs to help community members in need. Read on if you’d like to participate.
GVPD’s Toys For Tots Drive
This year’s Toys for Tots collection runs through Thurs, Dec 14, and ends with a sound-and-light parade. If you want to help, bring new, unwrapped toys to the Golden Valley Police Department at 7700 Golden Valley Road (open 24 hours a day) through 3 pm, Dec 14. Don’t forget gifts for older kids and teens, and keep in mind monetary donations cannot be accepted.
Now in its 23rd year, the Golden Valley Police Department’s (GVPD) Toys for Tots drive is a collaboration with regional law enforcement agencies to help those in need. On the last collection day, police from as many as 20 departments load their cruisers with donated toys and gifts and meet at the GVPD. Then, lights blazing and sirens blaring, they parade to the KARE 11 Toys for Tots drop-off site in time for the 5 pm news program. A small portion of toys is distributed to local disadvantaged children.
For more information, contact Commander Steve Johnson at 763-512-2502.
Shop With A Cop
A collaboration between the City of Golden Valley and Noble Elementary School, Shop With A Cop provides children from families in need with Target gift cards to be used for gifts. Children spend the evening shopping with cops and staff, followed by dinner and gift-wrapping at the GVPD.
Last year, around a dozen police officers and staff jump-started the fundraising through pledges collected during an obstacle course relay in the Noble Elementary gym. This marks the third year of the GVPD’s outreach program.
To donate to Shop with a Cop, contact Sergeant Jeff Johnson at 763-512-2504.
Be A Santa To A Senior
The Be Santa To A Senior gift donation program is so popular in Golden Valley it takes a team of Golden Valley Fire Department volunteers working daily for a month to collect all the gifts.
The Golden Valley Starbucks is one of eight designated drop-off areas in the Twin Cities, and it doesn’t have enough space to hold all the gifts that come in. So volunteers from the Golden Valley Fire Family, a group made up of Golden Valley firefighters and their family members, collect donated gifts from Starbucks several times each day and store them at the Fire Department.
This year the donation period runs Nov 10−Dec 9. If you want to get involved, pick a bulb from the tree at the Golden Valley Starbucks and bring back the requested gift.
Just before Christmas, at the end of the donation period, about 20 volunteers will help deliver the gifts to seniors in need.
Golden Valley Human Services Fund Donation Drive
Thanks to the generosity of Golden Valley residents, since 1992 the Golden Valley Human Services Fund (GVHSF) has allocated $1,516,502 to help organizations that serve local people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities who need aid in what is often a low point in their lives. Currently funded organizations include Canvas Health/Crisis Connection, Crisis Nursery, HUG (Helping Us Grow), Northwest Suburban Dinner At Your Door, PRISM, Resource West, Senior Community Services HOME Program, Senior Community Services Outreach, Sojourner Project, The Bridge For Youth, TreeHouse, and YMCA New Hope.
Each year at this time, the GVHSF asks the community to consider helping make Golden Valley a stronger, healthier place for everyone. Watch your mail for a letter, or donate online at any time.