The Mountain View Police Department is asking for the community's help. They aren't looking for witnesses to a crime or information on a suspect. They are simply asking for a little bit of time, some spare cash or a stuffed animal.
The 17th annual Cops & Gobblers food drive is on, and the Mountain View Police Officers' Association will be accepting money and small stuffed animals to help local families have the Thanksgiving they deserve, but might not be able to afford, according to Amber Wilson, a representative for the MVPD.
In addition to donations of money and new or "lightly used" stuffed animals, the department will also need help packaging all of the gift baskets it plans to hand out. Wilson said volunteers are welcome to show up at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Mountain View police and fire building, located at 1000 Villa St.
Wilson said the department is expecting to assemble between 325 and 350 care packages, consisting of a gift card to a local supermarket, a turkey pan, stuffing, mashed potato mix, gravy, canned goods, pasta, sauce and many more food items to help the socioeconomically disadvantaged.
"Every year there is a growing need for families that have fallen on hard times," Wilson said.
Those who wish to donate money or stuffed animals can mail them or drop by. Checks should be made out to the Community Health Awareness Council or CHAC with the words "Cops & Gobblers" in the memo section. Cash is also accepted.
All payments should be mailed to the Mountain View Police Department, attention Carmen Young, 1000 Villa St., Mountain View, CA 94041.
More information can be found on the police department's blog at mountainviewpoliceblog.com.
Helping typhoon victims
A local branch of the Iglesia Ni Cristo church — headquartered in the Philippines and serving a large proportion of the Filipino diaspora worldwide — has been asking congregants to donate money to a special global fund to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda.
The church, founded by Philippines native Felix Y. Manalo, has a congregation in Mountain View, located at 1880 California St. According to Ernel Cabanero, a spokesman for the local congregation, said many locals who attend are Filipino and have family in the Philippines. However, Cabanero added, he has heard of no one with family directly impacted by the natural disaster.
Money collected by the church will be funneled into the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation and distributed to aid victims of the disaster.