HPD Gearing Up for Christmas Express

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Families line the sidewalk in front of Agape House waiting to receive items from the Hermiston Christmas Express.

The 46th annual Hermiston Christmas Express program is well under way and so far the donations have been on par with previous years, according to Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston.

Citizens can donate unwrapped toys and food at the following locations:

• The Hermiston Police Department, 330 S First St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
• Hermiston City Hall, 180 N.E. Second St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“We have also placed empty boxes where toys can be dropped off at Bi-Mart, Beall’s, Les Schwab, Banner Bank, and Bare Necessities as well as nine local churches for their respective congregations,” Edmiston said. “We always appreciate the support from our local businesses and faith-based community in assisting with this program.”

Additionally, the majority of the public schools in Hermiston are holding canned food drives. Students can earn credit by turning in canned food items. A party is awarded to the winning class from each participating school.

The Christmas Express program utilizes various entities to identify families in need. Each family will be provided approximately 100 pounds of food including a large turkey and presents are available for children through age 11.

For more information about donations, call Edmiston at 541-667-5107 or email him at jedmiston@hermiston.or.us.