The Hudson Police Department (HPD) 2021 Annual Holiday Food and Gift Drive was a great success, bringing in approximately 386 toys and $2,700 in gift cards that were donated to local people and children in need.
In November, HPD began issuing Holiday Food and Gift Drive vouchers instead of traffic tickets and written warnings for minor traffic violations. Officers requested that individuals receiving the vouchers donate a new, unopened gift for a child, a gas card, or a grocery store gift card for children and families in need during the holiday season. It is strictly a voluntary program.
“Again this year, we had a very successful response,” said Police Chief Tabak. “I want to thank the community for their contributions and City staff for their efforts to help with this event. Through their generosity, we were able to provide for food and gifts to brighten someone’s day.”
The Food and Gift Drive not only helps those who need it the most, but also gives Hudson Police Officers an opportunity to promote safe driving and have positive interactions with the community.
The toy donations were divided among Toys for Tots, Summit County Children’s Services, and Akron Children’s Hospital. The Rejoice Lutheran food pantry received the food and grocery store gift card donations. The grocery and fuel gift cards were distributed to 25 Hudson seniors in conjunction with Hudson Schools. The remaining gift cards were donated to the St. Mary Catholic Church Giving Tree.