By Joyce Hensley

Staff writer

HERMISTON — The holiday season is a busy one for the Hermiston Police Department — not so much because there is a sudden jump in crime, but, instead, because of the community's generous spirit.

HPD is already gearing up for the 35th Annual Hermiston Police Christmas Express — the program that provides food and gift baskets to those in need. The department will be taking names this week of folks in need of assistance for their holiday meal.

Much of what goes into the baskets comes from community donations. Anyone wishing to donate food, gifts and money can do so at the Hermiston Police Department.

Persons wishing to submit names of those who could use a little help with their Christmas celebrations are urged to stop by the Hermiston Police Annex at 450 S. First St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

As usual, the need is great.

"We're looking at doing over 500 (baskets) again this year," said Sgt. Mike Marcum of the Hermiston Police Department.

Marcum said he could use volunteers to help wrap gifts, separate food, and collect donations Thursday and Friday.

Volunteers will start making food baskets toward the end of next week, Marcum said.

Headquarters for the Hermiston Police Christmas Express volunteer crew will be located in the old Pacific Power and Light building at 705 S. First Street, next to Trina's Ice Cream, and Domino's Pizza.

This year's deliveries will begin Dec. 20 and will be completed by Dec. 23.

For more information call Sgt. Mike Marcum at the Hermiston Police Department at 567-5519, ext. 5117.

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