Cops donate to Salvation Army

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From left, Staff Sgt. Mike Domony; Jennifer Roesch of the Chatham-Kent Police Association; Capt. Karen Holland of the Salvation Army; Kris Herfst, co-chair of the police toy drive; Beth Reeve of the Salvation Army; Deputy Chief Jeff Littlewood; and Sgt. Kirk Earley showcase the toys the police service and police association donated this year to the Salvation Army.

It’s hard to top Kris Herfst’s love of the Christmas season … until personnel from the Salvation Army show up to see what Herfst’s labour of love is putting under the tree this year.

The third annual Chatham-Kent police toy drive –with all toys and funds coming from in-house donations – left Salvation Army folks with a lot of packing to do recently.

Herfst, co-chair of the committee, and sporting festive red attire for the hand over of the toys, said the work began after Remembrance Day. In under a month’s time, the police service had gathered more toys than in previous years.

“It’s our biggest year yet,” Herfst said. “It grows each year. Our members are very giving.”

Capt. Karen Holland of the local branch of the Salvation Army, agreed.

“This is awesome!”

Herfst confesses the toy drive is a labour of love for her.

“I love Christmas. We do have some monetary donations from our association and the police services board and we went Black Friday shopping. The inner child is alive and well.”

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