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PARKERSBURG, WV -

The Parkersburg Police Department is hosting a gift drive for area foster children.
Sgt. Greg Collins with the PPD said the city police are off to a great start in filling up the S.W.A.T. truck with gifts for a local non-profit foster care agency.
For the third consecutive year, the police department partnered with Try-Again Homes in an effort to give area youth a great Christmas.
On average, there are 3,000 plus children in need of a quality foster or adoptive home throughout the state.
Items can be dropped off for the drive at the Parkersburg City Park substation between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 20.
Police volunteers and officers will be on-hand to help with collections and coordination.
A list of requests from children can be found at www.parkersburgpolice.com. There is a substantial need at this time for winter clothes and shoes.
Collins said the officers and staff at the city police are involved in cases too often where children are removed from their homes and placed into foster care, that's why they want to help.
"It's very difficult to see a child's life turned upside down because of something that's not their fault, it is our sincere desire to give these children a wonderful Christmas," he said. "We hope our community will support this effort as well, just as they have so generously done for the past two years."
"It really is about that moment when a child wakes up and goes to look under the Christmas tree."
Zides Sport Shop has already committed to partner with this year's program just as they did last year. Rod Zide and his staff were a major force in the success of last year's collection, police said.
For more information on the charity that is benefiting from the drive, visit try-againhomes.org or call 304-422-3159.