The Town of Dumfries Police Department is trying to make dreams come true for some local children this holiday season.
According to Officer Ana Torres, the department is accepting donations and applications for the new Make-A-Wish program they’ve started this year.
“We’ve established for kids that are maybe a little less fortunate this holiday season,” said Torres.
Children from kindergarten to fifth grade can submit a narrative to the department about the items they’d like to receive.
“We get the opportunity to read their narratives on why they would like that item, and maybe why they think thye deserve that item, and we try to get the gifts out to as many of the kids as possible,” said Torres.
The department has gotten 15 applications so far, and will be shopping for the gifts starting December 15.
The budget for the program is currently $1,500, pending additional monetary and gift donations, according to Torres.
For the Dumfries police, the program is a community building exercise, that shows children that police officers can serve as role models, says Torres.
“It’s definitely important that we do this, especially to help the families that are in need. There’s a ton of kids that are not as fortunate as other families for the holiday season,” said Torres.