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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2016 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Explorer Christmas Project

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Since 1974, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the CMPD Police Explorers have partnered with the community to provide a Christmas for less fortunate families in Charlotte. When this project started, the Police Department helped 15 families by providing them with gifts for their children. Today, the project is much larger and provides gifts to hundreds of children across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

The CMPD partners with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools guidance counselors and teachers in elementary schools to identify children and their families who are in need of assistance during the Christmas season. To qualify for the program, these children must be eligible to receive free or reduced lunch at school. In addition, CMPD Officers and CFD Firefighters will refer families with emergency situations.

Our goal is for each child to receive at least three gifts, and provide each family with a gift card to a local grocery store to purchase a Christmas Dinner. The gift card is a new concept that started in 2014, and is a positive change that will allow families from diverse cultural backgrounds to purchase food more suitable to their traditions and customs. 


Christmas Tree lit up​​Th​e CMPD continues to colle​ct food for the Christmas Explorer Food Drive. Explorers will deliver the food to the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope and other food banks and shelters across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

A program of this size goes well beyond the reach of what the CMPD and the Explorer Post can do on our own. It is only through the generous giving of other people that we can meet the need that is present in our community. There are several ways for individuals and groups to get involved and help us meet our goal this year which include:​
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Donate Toys<div class="ExternalClass8B51D7078B90479E8B4226D190E93C3B"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;"> If you would like to donate toys, you can drop them off at any <a href="http://charlotte.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=6190bfd91ea74ff6b6046450955963e7&webmap=92d59e37732d43f6ab22f181c5c1795f" title="find a fire station"> <strong>Charlotte Fire Stations</strong></a>​ or <a href="http://charlotte.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=060aa14710c04014bedc086ea3d0aa9b" title="find your division office"><strong>​CMPD Division Offices</strong></a>​. You can also drop off toys at the Christmas Project Kickoff or The Link “Drop off Parties” at Promenade on Providence and/or Birkdale Village. <br> <br> Toy Donation Guidelines <ul><li> Toys for children between the age of 0 to 14 year old </li><li> No-violent toys</li><li> New unwrapped toys (You can always provide gift wrapping paper with your donated toys)</li></ul></div></div>
Setting up a toy or food drive<div class="ExternalClass5968D8E86DEF440EA4D7D9D5B7A5B297"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;"> <a href="https://charlottenc.seamlessdocs.com/f/ToyDriveSponsor" title="fill out the sponsorship form">Set up a toy or food drive at your business, house of faith, school, etc., by filling out this form.</a> <br><br> </div></div>
107.9 The Link "Santa's Link to Kids"<div class="ExternalClassADFADE1CCAEB43ADB0153E1EDD9A39AB"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;"> <strong>Making a difference...</strong> <br><br> Join 107.9 The Link and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in making a difference in a child's life this holiday season. <a href="https://santa.digital/santaslink/" title="sign up to sponsor a child">Sign up to sponsor a child!</a> <br><br> </div></div>
Volunteering at the Warehouse<div class="ExternalClassE7039997B25F4D4EB24F47DC72EA2312"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;"> <strong>Become a Volunteer at the Warehouse</strong><br><br> CMPD Explorers Christmas Project Warehouse Volunteers <ul><li> We invite individuals or Organizations/Companies to sign up for volunteer days at our warehouse. Volunteers will assist with sorting donated toys, filling family boxes, wrapping gifts, cleaning up etc.</li> <br> <li> The warehouse will be open on Monday, November 28th, 2016 through Friday, December 23rd, 2016. Volunteers can sign up for any weekday between these dates.</li> <br> <li> We also need volunteers for Delivery Day which will be on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 8:00am – 2​:00pm. This is when CMPD Officers, CFD, and other volunteers delivery all the gifts to the families.</li> <br> <li> There are two different shifts each day that you may sign up for. <ul><li> Morning Shift (9:00am – 12:00pm)</li><li> Afternoon Shifts (1:00pm – 4:00pm)</li></ul></li> <br> <li> ​Before each volunteer shift starts we will hold a volunteer briefing for the group.</li> <br> <li> Once your volunteer request has been approved you will received an email with additional information.</li> <br> <li> If you have any questions please contact <a href="mailto:ChristmasProject@cmpd.org" title="send an email">ChristmasProject@cmpd.org​​​​</a>​​​​.</li></ul> <br> <br> <a href="https://charlottenc.seamlessdocs.com/f/warehousevolunteer" title="complete the volunteer form">Complete the Warehouse Volunteer Request Form</a><br> <br>​​ </div></div>
Make a donation<div class="ExternalClass812ADB844DF44763A00DDF96FE320A39"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;"> Making a monetary donation through PayPal<br><br>​ <a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=J3WLWGD46A6U6" target="_blank"> <img alt="PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!" src="https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/btn/btn_donateCC_LG.gif" /></a> <img width="1" height="1" src="https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif" border="0" alt="" /> <br><br>We understand that sponsoring a child or family for Christmas takes time. If you prefer, leave the shopping to us! You can make a monetary donation to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Explorers Post. Donors can write checks to <strong>CMPD Explorer Post 237/247</strong> and mail to:<ul> Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department<br> Attention: <a href="mailto:rbotzenmayer@cmpd.org" title="send an email">Officer Ryan Botzenmayer</a><br> 601 East Trade Street<br> Charlotte, NC 28202</ul>​ <br><br> </div></div>
Calendar of Events<div class="ExternalClass2DD1001C44CA4DF5BEDD0928BBEDC79B"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;"> <strong style="text-decoration:underline;">CMPD Explorers Christmas Project - Calendar of Events</strong><br><br><a href="http://k1047.com/cmpd-christmas-toy-drive/"><strong>CMPD Explorers Christmas Project Kickoff</strong><span style="line-height:1.5em;">with <strong>K104.7</strong>, <strong>Fox 46 WJZY</strong> and <strong>Charlotte Hornets</strong></span></a>​ <br> <br><em>Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Hornets game on November 21st.</em> <strong style="line-height:1.5em;"> </strong></div>Charlotte Hornets Toy Drive <br>Time Warner Cable Arena <ul><li> November 21, 2016 -- 5:00p.m. – Halftime </li></ul> <br> <br> <a href="http://1079thelink.com/santas-link-to-kids/"><strong>107.9 The LINK Drop-off Parties</strong></a>​<br>Promenade on Providence <br>10844 Providence Road ​ <br>Charlotte, NC 28277 <ul><li> Saturday, December 17, 2016 -- 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. </li><li> Wednesday, December 19, 2016 -- 4:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. </li></ul> <br> <br> <div>Birkdale Village <br>16805 Birkdale Commons PKWY <br>Huntersville, NC 28078 <ul><li> Saturday, December 17, 2016 -- 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. </li><li> Wednesday, December 19, 2016 -- 4:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. </li></ul> <br> <br> <strong>CMPD Explorers Christmas Project Delivery Day</strong> <ul><li> Thursday, December 22, 2016 -- 8:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. </li></ul> <br> <br>​ If you have any questions please contact ​<a title="send an email" href="mailto:ChristmasProject@cmpd.org">the Christmas Project</a>. <br><br>​ </div></div>

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Thank you again to our partners in the 2016​ Explorers Christmas Project.