GALLIPOLIS — The Gallipolis Police Department announced this week that they have raised over $8,000 during their sixth annual “hat drive” — funding that will now be used to purchase Christmas gifts for area children who are in need.
This past Saturday, Gallipolis police officers were out collecting cash donations in their uniform hats from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Walmart intersections on Eastern Avenue.
According to Lt. Matt Champlin, the officers’ efforts this year lead to the collection of over $8,000, approximately $1,000 more than last year’s total of $7,357.
The donations will now be used by members of the Gallipolis Lions Club and the Gallipolis Police Department to purchase Christmas gifts for area children who may otherwise go without this holiday season.
“I would like to thank the members of the Gallipolis Police Department who have a passion for serving this community and continue to make this outreach a huge success,” Champlin said. “Additionally, I want to say a special thanks to everyone who generously donated to the hat drive this year.”
This marks the fifth year that the police department has teamed up with the Gallipolis Lions Club to provide outreach to the children of the community.