It is time for the city of Portales’ annual Lighting of the Mayor’s Blessing Tree and Operation Santa Cop Toy Drive.
The Lighting of the Blessing Tree ceremony will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Yam Theatre.
Residents are invited to join in placing an ornament with a blessing message on the tree.
The event will include cookies, live music and a welcome by Portales city officials.
Residents can also bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Operation Santa Cop to fulfill a local child’s Christmas wish and/or a canned food item for the food drive to be distributed through the Portales Dream Center.
Operation Santa Cop will accept new, unwrapped toys for infants through 18 years old at drop box locations along with a toy drive 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at Wal-Mart. The program also accepts monetary donations to purchase toys.
Drop box locations, which will be available Monday, are as follows:
• Portales City Hall, 100 W. First St.
• Portales Police Department, 1700 N. Boston.
• Senior Citizen Center, 421 N. Industrial Dr.
• Portales Public Library, 218 S. Ave. B.
Additional drop box locations will be announced as soon as available.
The police department will host a toy pickup day at the police department from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 17 for children and their families to receive gifts, enjoy cookies and meet Santa. The department will deliver gifts on Dec. 24 to children who were unable to attend the event.
For information about Operation Santa Cop or to add a child’s name to the list, call the Portales Police Department at 356-4404.
For information, call Portales City Hall at 356-6662, extension 1024.