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Police Bring Holiday Cheer with Christmas 911

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Police officers often see people at their hardest time, which is what inspired Orofino Police to give some Christmas spirit to those who need it most.

For the eighth year Orofino Police will hold Christmas 911, where officers load up their patrol vehicles with gifts and full Christmas dinners to give to families in need.

Each family is nominated by Orofino's school staff. Every Christmas, they help 30 families and 78 children on average.

The program is possible through generous community donations which officers use to buy the gifts and food.

This will be the first year officer manager Lahni Ireland has participated, but it's already deeply personal for her.

She says, "It's amazing. [I'm] pretty speechless being able to do that. I can never imagine not being able to see the look on my kids faces on Chrismas being able to open up gifts so knowing that can be a part for other families. It's amazing."

You can bring cash or check donations to the Orofino Police Department or donate to Christmas 911 at LCCU. They'll also take unopened, unwrapped gifts at the police station.

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