About 10 Saline area families are experiencing a little “Christmas magic” courtesy of the Saline Area Police Department and the Magic of Christmas Foundation.
Friday, Police Chief Larry Hrinik and Officer Mike Snook delivered toys and gifts to four families and 10 kids. Deliveries were expected to continue Sunday and Monday.
“It’s wonderful for kids to have an opportunity toto enjoy Christmas. It’s a great program,” Hrinik said. “For us, it’s great too. We get a lot of hugs, high fives, thank yous and even some tears.”
Snook agreed and added that he thought it was important for children to have positive contact with police.
Magic of Christmas Adopt-A-Family Foundation was formed in 1996 by Debbie Williams-Hoak. She’s known to many in Saline as the coach of the high school boys and girls golf teams. Hoak played in the Ladies Professional Golf Association. She came to the Ann Arbor Area from Ohio when Bo Schembechler recruited her to play basketball and compete in track and field at the University of Michigan.
Years ago, Williams-Hoak partnered with the Ann Arbor Police Department to build a program that gives to kids at Christmas while helping instill a positive perception of police officers.
Children in need are identified through schools, churches, and other agencies in the county. Families then submit a wish list. Local individuals, businesses and organizations then purchase the gifts or donate money so the foundation can buy the gifts.
For more information or to donate, visit http://www.magicofchristmasfoundation.org.