The Hickory Police Department has started collecting toys and monetary donations for the Cops for Tots “Christmas Wish House”. The program began in the early 1980’s by serving only about twelve families. It has expanded over the years and in 2008 almost 2300 children benefited from the Cops for Tots program.
The location of the Christmas Wish House will be the Winkler Park Activity Center (next to the Hickory Crawdads stadium) on Clement Blvd. The dates will be December 14th, 15th, and 16th. The hours of operation are from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm each of those days.
Due to the increasing demand, we are limited to serving families in the following areas:
- City of Hickory (residents can attend on the 14th)
- Catawba County (residents can attend on the 15th)
- Hickory addresses in Burke, Caldwell, or Alexander counties (can attend on the 16th)
You will be required to show proof of address such as a utility, cable, or phone bill. Also, those families who are serviced by the Christmas Bureau in 2015 will not be able to shop at the Christmas Wish House. Hopefully this will allow more children in need to receive toys. A parent or guardian of the child must present a photo ID of themselves along with the birth certificate or Medicaid card for each child. Children from birth to 12 years of age are eligible to receive toys. No social security cards will be accepted. No children are allowed inside.
Collection boxes for new or slightly used toys have been placed at the following locations: Lobby of Hickory Police Department; Davidson, Holland, Whitesell & Co. on 13th Ave. Pl. NW; Foothills Gymnastics, 920 29th Ave NE; Hickory Martial Arts, 2063 Main Ave SE; Lou Lou’s, 202 Union Square; Scruples H.A.I.R, 1132 LR Blvd. SE and the UPS Store at 2425 N. Center St.
Monetary donations can be mailed to: Cops for Tots, Hickory Police Department, 347 2nd Ave. SW, Hickory, NC 28602. Make checks payable to “Cops for Tots”. Even with the amount of donated toys, there is always a need to purchase more. 100% of the monetary donations are used to purchase additional toys.