Police Ask for Help Finding Giving People

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland police need the public's help in finding some people.  They are looking for persons with a giving spirit this holiday season.

Toys are beginning to pile up for Cleveland's good boys and girls.  Members of the Cleveland Police Athletic League, or PAL, are gearing up to help Santa at Public Hall this Saturday. 

Organizer Sgt. Bob Kumanec said this is the 3rd Annual PAL Kids Holiday Party.

"They get to do all kinds of great activities throughout the day and before they leave they get to pick out a toy," he said. 

But, it's feared there may be more children than toys this year.  Kumanec said children in need have already been given tickets for the event and donations are down. 

"Last year we had 3,000 kids. This year we are expecting 4,500 kids with their parents and guardians," he added. 

They figure they have about 2,000 toys, from ones that have been donated and purchased.  So, the police athletic league is appealing for the public's help. 

A collection box has been set up at the Public Safety Central Building at East 21st Street and Payne Avenue to drop off a toy.  

Kumanec said big quantities of items can be dropped off at Public Hall on Friday. 

"Or, they can make a cash donation if they want to and just go to our website," he added.

Monetary donations made online go directly into the PAL account, so toys can still be purchased for Saturday's party.  

Kumanec said in the in the end, "it's all about the kids."