Kiwanis donate $1,500 to buy Christmas gifts for needy kids

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comNovember 12, 2012 

A generous donation will allow more kids in Atwater to wake up to a present under the Christmas tree this year.

The Castle-Atwater Kiwanis, a nonproft organization that serves children, donated $1,500 to the Atwater Police Department's Cops for Kids program, which provides toys to families during the holiday season.

"One of the goals of the program is to provide gifts to needy families in the city so they could enjoy the value of the holidays," police Lt. Sam Joseph said.

Police Chief Frank Pietro has volunteered his time to the Cops for Kids program for the past 10 years, along with more than 30 other volunteers.

Atwater families affected by the economy can register through the Police Department to receive gifts just in time for the holidays.

Although the $1,500 donation will buy toys for many children, volunteers will collect more unwrapped gifts in front of Atwater stores such as Target, Kmart and Wal-Mart.

For more information about the Cops for Kids program, call the Atwater Police Department at (209) 357-6396.

Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.com.

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