Operation 'Christmas Cheer' under way in New Smyrna Beach

NSBPD Deputy Chief Donna Lavasllee leading Christmas toy, food, clothing drive for needy / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Donna Lavallee, deputy police chief with the NSBPD, is leading the 26th annual Operation 'Christmas Cheer.'
 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Between now and Dec. 18, Deputy Police Chief Donna Lavallee and her colleagues in law enforcement at the New Smyrna Beach cop shop are encouraging citizens to remember the holidays and the true meaning of giving -- not just among family and friends, but to those less fortunate in the community.

Unfortunately, there are some that will not be able to enjoy the spirit of the Christmas season because of a lack of financial resources," Lavallee told Headline Surfer®, adding "Hopefully, with community effort and support, we will be able to help make some lives brighter with the New Smyrna Beach Police Department’s 26th annual "Operation Christmas Cheer.”

Unfortunately, there are some that will not be able to enjoy the spirit of the Christmas season because of a lack of financial resources," Lavallee told Headline Surfer®, adding "Hopefully, with community effort and support, we will be able to help make some lives brighter with the New Smyrna Beach Police Department’s 26th annual "Operation Christmas Cheer.”

Members of the NSBPD are helping Lavallee by gathering donated toys, canned goods, and clothing in collection boxes located at the following locations:

• New Smyrna Beach City Hall, at 210 Sams Ave;

• New Smyrna Beach Police Department, 246 Industrial Park Ave;  

• New Smyrna Beach Fire Department, 500 E. 3rd Ave.

"Operation Christmas Cheer" will continue through Dec. 18, at which time all collected items will be distributed to families in need throughout Southeast Volusia County. Please help others enjoy the holiday and help get the word out to the community.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.