GALLIPOLIS — The Gallipolis Police Department has announced it will be conducting its 10th annual “Hat Drive” on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This year, as in the past, the police department will be joined in this fundraising effort by the Gallipolis Lions Club. In addition, this year, the Gallia County Sheriff ’s Office will join the Gallipolis Police Department in their attempt to serve the children of Gallia County.
The location of the hat drives will be on State Route 7 at the intersection of Smithers Avenue (the Walmart intersection) and on Jackson Pike (County Road 35) at the intersection of Maple Drive (near the Spring Valley Speedway). During this event, police officers and deputies will be in the roadways collecting donations in their uniform hats which will then be used by agencies and the Lions Club to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need throughout Gallia County.
Officers ask the public to come out and support them as they try to make this holiday season special and provide gifts for children who may otherwise go without. If you would like to donate but will not be in the areas during the time of the activities, please stop in our mail your donations to the Gallipolis Police Department at 518 Second Avenue, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631 and mark the envelope “Hat Drive. ”
“I formed the drive with fellow officers back in 2008,” said current Gallia Sheriff Matt Champlin in 2015. Champlin previously served with GPD before becoming sheriff.
“I saw other jurisdictions doing something similar and thought it was a good idea. It’s our way to give back. I thought it was a good way to give back to the community and give something to the kids. Its been a pretty great success,” said Champlin in 2015.
According to Champlin, lists are provided by families for what may be suitable gift choices for children. Sizes of clothing are recorded as well as interests. Shoppers try to focus on providing the children with clothing and other articles they need before also getting them something fun to enjoy for the holiday.
According to previous information collected by the Tribune, the drive collected $7,801.12 in 2014.