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Published on Dec 24, 2015
Members of the Collinsville Police Department got together to help make a few local families have a better Christmas. It all started with a 911 phone call from a young child. The child called to ask the 911 operator if there was anything she could do to help him and his family get a tree, decorations, and presents for Christmas because, at that point, they had nothing. The 911 operator spoke to him for a few minutes and later spoke with his parents. She took the information, checked with her supervisor, then sent out an email to the rest of the department. A snowball began to form. Soon, monetary donations were given, several trees were brought in, and unwrapped gifts began to collect in the dispatch room. The snowball grew. The Collinsville Township office heard what was going on and donated more items. Department volunteers wrapped the gifts and bagged up the tree and decorations. It was soon evident that there were too many gifts to give to only one family so other agencies were brought in to help. Another family in need was identified and the Collinsville Police Department brought them a few wrapped presents for them to open on Christmas morning. With so much going on in the world, it was good to give back to a few families who could use a little help.