Biloxi Police kick off ‘Santa Wears a Badge’ program

The Biloxi Police Department is looking to match donations and needy families for the eighth annual “Santa Wears a Badge” holiday assistance program.

Now through Dec. 12, police are accepting donations to the project, which has helped dozens of eligible families since its inception in 1995.

“Some of the families might not have any Christmas if it were not for the donations that come in during the Santa Wears a Badge program,” said Capt. Bonny Pesch, coordinator of the program.

Among the items needed: money, non-perishable food items, new toys, clothing and household items. Those wishing to donate should call Pesch at 435-6204. Items also may be dropped off at the police front desk or Community Relations Division at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue.

The program is also holding a holiday raffle of four gift baskets to earn funds. The $1 tickets can be obtained from Pesch.

Details: 435-6204.