Community asked to chip in to help another family this holiday season

BELLVILLE — The approaching holidays may be a little better for some in the Clear Fork Valley, 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 area residents may fill out. On the forms, residents are asked to suggest names of those who might not get the things they want for Christmas, and could use a little assistance.

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

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

If you wish to help, find one of the trees, 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. This year, as of a week ago, about only one family has been submitted, according to Copeland.

The goal is to help children first, said Copeland. Items listed as needed 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 requested will detail the kinds of 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 and 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.
Nominate a family — by Nov. 30 — that could use some help this holiday season