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Donations sought for Citrus Heights ‘Holiday Referral’ program

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Updated Nov. 28, 3:35 p.m.–
The City of Citrus Heights is partnering with the community this year to help provide food, household items, toys and clothes to families in need through its annual Holiday Referral Program.

“This unique community-involved program was created to help families who have experienced a hardship or critical event in their life over the past year,” said Citrus Heights Police Department Sergeant Mike Wells in a press release about the program. “We rely heavily on the community to help make the effort a success.”

Last year, organizers said the program brought together over 40 clubs, business groups, churches, schools and residents to help nearly 400 adults and children in Citrus Heights — and are again seeking those willing to donate items, adopt a family or volunteer this year.

“This year we are encouraging Citrus Heights businesses to work with their employee teams to either collect donations for our program or adopt a family,” said Wells. “We are looking for businesses to also place donation bins in their lobbies for collecting new toys, clothes, etc.”

Organizers are also seeking to identify families who need assistance, and invite community members to nominate a qualifying family by submitting a referral form to the police department. Although originally having a deadline of November 21, police say referrals will be accepted through November 28, with donations accepted through December 15.

Donations can be dropped off at the Citrus Heights Police Department at 6315 Fountain Square Dr. between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Organizers say used or expired items will not be accepted.

Those with questions or who are interested in adopting a family can email, or call (916) 727-5500.

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