BELLOWS FALLS -- The village's police department plans to hold its second annual arts and crafts day from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Dispatcher Alisha Beam told the Reformer there will be several different stations designated for decorating cookies and cupcakes, making stockings and crafting snowglobes. She said the event will be held at the Bellows Falls Police Department's lobby if it's storming outside and at the Bellows Falls Fire Department otherwise. Both departments are located at 170 Rockingham St.
Beam also said there likely will be a table set up for participants to paint. She mentioned last year's turnout was disappointing because of the snowy weather.
"It was great, though. The kids that came had fun. They loved it," she said, adding that it was held at the Rockingham Recreation Center because there is more space there. "I really hope it's a great turnout (this year). I love arts and crafts, so I'm very excited."
She said people of all ages are welcome.
Beam told the Reformer the arts and crafts event also serves as a thanks to the community for its outpouring of support for the "Adopt an Angel" program, which is designed to benefit underprivileged children by providing them with gifts during the holiday season. The program, now in its seventh year, enables members of the public to select any number of anonymous local children, or "angels," to shop for and make sure they have presents under the tree Christmas morning.
Any families interested in applying should stop by the BFPD at 170 Rockingham St. and pick up an application. All applications are due back by Saturday, Dec. 14. Anyone interested in "adopting an angel" can stop by the police department and select an angel off the Christmas tree in the lobby or drop off new unwrapped gifts that can be given out to a child in need. Gifts from people adopting an angel are due by Saturday, Dec. 21, and must be unwrapped. All angels on the tree remain anonymous.
Anyone with questions about the arts and crafts event or the "Adopt and Angel" program can contact Beam at 802-463-1234.
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