Lights of Christmas welcomes donations to support gift-giving effort

Published 6:59 pm Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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The intention behind the Lights of Christmas program is to bring Christmas to less fortunate children in the Dare County community. The effort is coordinated by county-wide public safety volunteers from Dare County EMS and local police and fire departments, with the title “Lights of Christmas” representing public safety “lights,” shining a different light on the uniform, states a press release from Dare County.

Through this program, public safety volunteers throughout Dare County accept applications for donations through the Lights of Christmas Facebook page, which are verified by Dare County Department of Health & Human Services Social Services Division. Last year, 74 children were accepted into the Lights of Christmas program. Volunteers assign donors to shop for each child’s Christmas wishlist.

To sponsor a child in need, submit requests by way of a message to the Lights of Christmas Facebook page at Monetary donations to aid volunteers in shopping for each child are also requested.

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Wrapped or unwrapped gifts for sponsored children should be dropped off at Super Galactic Games N Comics in Kitty Hawk before December 16, 2021. The distribution of gifts will take place December 17-19 throughout Dare and Currituck counties. During that weekend, all forces of public safety (Dare County EMS, police officers, firefighters and dispatchers) assist with the delivery of toys to each home, accompanied by Santa. The public safety light show they provide serves as a distraction for the child so that volunteers may hide presents inside the home in coordination with the parent or guardian for Santa to later deliver on Christmas.