Lend a helping hand with ‘Hat Drive’ 2021


In the photo, a scene from a previous hats collection, before the pandemic. The annual event provides freebies to local children and will continue on Saturday, December 4.

OVP file photo

GALLIPOLIS – The 14th edition of the “Hat Drive” returns on Saturday December 4th from 9 am to noon. for the benefit of the children of the region.

The Gallipolis Police Department began the tradition in 2008 of raising funds to help deliver Christmas gifts to children in Gallia County, according to the press release sent on behalf of this year’s campaign.

The event has since grown into an annual event and now includes the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, the Rio Grande Police Department, the Gallipolis Lions Club and other civic organizations that have joined over the years, according to the communicated.

During the “Hat Drive” event, officers and deputies will be on the road to collect donations in their uniform hats.

According to the press release, the Lions Club and other participating organizations will then take all funds raised and buy Christmas gifts for “children in need” in Gallia County.

Hat Drive will take place at the following locations: State Route 87 at the intersection of Smithers Avenue – the intersection of Walmart; Jackson Pike, County Road 35, at the intersection of Maple Drive – near Spring Valley Speedway and in the village of Rio Grande on State Route 325 – next to McDonalds.

Police and Sheriff’s Department invite everyone to come and brighten up the Christmas for the children of Gallia County.

For those who will not be in the participating areas during “Hat Drive” but still wish to donate to the cause, donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Gallipolis Police Department – 519 Second Avenue, Gallipolis, Ohio 456321 – in an envelope marked “Hat Drive”.

In the photo, a scene from a previous hats collection, before the pandemic. The annual event provides freebies to local children and will continue on Saturday, December 4.

Return on December 4 for the benefit of children




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