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CMPD's Christmas Project needs donations

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Captain Cathy Nichols runs the warehouse for CMPD's Christmas Project, a toy and food drive that's been around since the 70's.

Nichols says police work with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System to identify those kids getting assistance with meals at school, and then they deliver boxes filled with goodies to their families at Christmas.

Nichols says it's been an excellent way to pinpoint the disadvantaged, but that the list CMS gave them this year is overwhelming. "The need is so much more this year than it ever has been," she says.

We found volunteers today busy wrapping presents, but many more donations are needed.

"We need toys," Nichols says. "Girls and boys age four to nine, we're especially lacking in."

Anna Green is the Assistant DA here in Mecklenburg County, one of 12 from her office who came out to help.

"We actually did go to Walmart this morning and bought tons of clothes," Green says.

But tons more would be helpful.

"We have 650 families and you can see how many boxes are still empty," Nichols says.

Green says when you can add to such a worthy project, it's uplifting. "It's nice to be able to come to an organization like this and give back," she says.

"When you take in that food box, the parent is just so relieved. That makes their Christmas. And then all the presents, that's just a bonus."

But you don't have long to help make it all happen, Nichols says.

"Next Tuesday is the last possible day."

For more information on how you can help, click here.

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