Another Refer-a-Family program underway in Bellville

By Louise Swartzwalder - Bellville Star

Look for information at Bellville banks and Clear Fork veterinary hospital

BELLVILLE — The coming holiday season may be a little brighter, thanks to the efforts of the Law Enforcement Association of Bellville, which is going to be acting as a “Secret Santa” for families in need.

The association, acting with the Bellville Police Department, is circulating forms people may fill out, to suggest names of those who might not get the things they want or need for Christmas.

This is the second annual Secret Santa event for the association.

Lora Copeland, clerk with the Bellville Police Department, said “giving trees” are being placed at the three banks in Bellville and at the Clear Fork Valley veterinary hospital.

When trees are placed, people can go in and look at tags and leave items noted there as needed. The date for placing the trees has not been determined.

Last year eight families were helped. As of midweek last week, information about only one family has been submitted, according to Copeland.

The goal is to help children first, said Copeland. Items listed include diapers, winter coats, snow boots, pajamas, socks, pants and sweaters. Toys usually are listed, also.

Forms available at several locations ask people to first, keep their efforts secret. They may not nominate someone within their own family.

The information is supposed to detail what difficulties the family might be facing, and to list how many children might be in need. It also requests information about the ages of the children.

The forms must be returned by Nov. 30.

They are available at village hall, the police department, and can be obtained by calling 419-886-2813. People may also email

The forms will go to Heather John, who is with the police association, or Lt. Jon Fletcher.

Most items listed mention needs for children, but sometimes adults in families will note there are things they haven’t been able to purchase.

Copeland said people have listed electric space heaters or towels as needs.

By Louise Swartzwalder

Bellville Star