Lisa and Poncho Johnson of Milford held their annual Christmas party in support of the Milford Police Department Holiday Toy Drive on Saturday, December 14. Asking each guest to bring wrapped toys for underprivileged children in the Milford community, the guests hand delivered the gifts to the Milford Police Department on Saturday where several Milford families will be presented the toys prior to Christmas.
The event originated by the Johnson family as a way to teach their son Colby about the true meaning of Christmas. During a Christmas celebration several years ago, the Johnsons observed how children at the event increasing became more interested in talking about themselves and what they wanted for Christmas.
“This is not what Christmas is about and we were worried that our son was not learning that the celebration is about the birth of our Savior and want he wants us to do,” commented Lisa Johnson. “In the spirit of giving, this event helps other kids in our community and has taught Colby and other children the true meaning of Christmas.”
After the gifts and guest had arrived at the Johnson home, police officers and community members shared two coach buses as they delivered each present to the Milford Police Department. Gifts were placed underneath the Christmas tree at the station and will be given to Milford families in need this holiday season. Throughout the year Milford patrolmen observe families that they believe could use a helping hand and report those names to the department on a continuing basis. Last year five families were presented gifts and an additional $1,000 was raised during the event to assist the Milford Police Department.
“We are grateful for the help of the Johnsons, they are always giving back to their community and reaching out to the police department to see how they can help,” commented Corporal Robert Masten of the Milford Police Department. “The Holiday Toy Drive helps us to reach out to the community in a positive way, beyond the typical police response. This gives us an opportunity to help kids have a Christmas that may not have one.”