This holiday season, the South Holland Police Department will serve, protect and be the bearer of glad tidings to local families who could use a bit of cheer. Police Chief Greg Baker, along with other merry-makers of the Police Department, will bless eight South Holland families who have schoolage children.
On the evening of Dec. 7, members of the department will brave the cold weather as they bring back the tradition of caroling in neighborhoods. Joining the carolers' renditions of classic Christmas songs will be South Holland's very own Santa, who will deliver bags of toys and food to needy families.
What was once a mainstay of the winter holiday season, is far less common today, yet the Police Department hopes it will raise the level of attention of their community outreach efforts. Their mission is to make the holiday season more enjoyable in the village of South Holland, especially for a few families who are struggling to make ends meet.
This initiative is a product of the Police Department's PSA Committee. On a quarterly basis, the committee meets with South Holland Public Access staff to develop seasonal service announcements. They exchange ideas, develop scripts, discuss role assignments, and identify film locations.
In the past, the department has developed public service announcements relative to speeding in school zones, scams targeting seniors, and holiday safety tips to protect life and property. The videos are filmed around the community, including at local businesses, homes, the police station, and the cable studio.
The service announcements, which air on local cable channels and can been seen at the South Holland Community Center, police station and village website, have been well received by the community.
This year's project will demonstrate the softer side of police, in addition to a few reminders and tips related to holiday safety. The Public Access team will shadow the police carolers and Santa to capture the experience and share it with the community throughout the month of December. The video will be available on the South Holland's Community Connection Channel beginning the week of Dec. 16.
Local businesses and village staff are joining the Police Department's effort by donating new toys, games, gift cards, and food. Anyone interested in helping the South Holland Police Department extend holiday cheer and love to families in need, please contact police at (708) 331-3131, or drop off your donation to the police station at 16220 Wausau Ave.