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On Saturday, December 7, 2019 Garrett County hosted the 4th Annual Police Providing Presents event.  Volunteers from all five (05) Garrett County law enforcement agencies along with the Garrett County Department of Social Services, Garrett County Board of Education, Garrett County Health Department and AmeriCorps partnered together to help make the event possible.

The nationwide event may be called different names, but the event meaning stays the same.  The event provided selected children through Garrett County Schools the opportunity to be paired with members from the Maryland State Police, Garrett County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland Natural Resource Police, Oakland City Police and the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office who spent the day as partners.

The event started by the officers picking up their partner for the day, shopping for gifts at the Oakland WalMart, and attending a luncheon with activities at the Garrett County Fairgrounds.  The activities included vehicle (police, fire truck and ambulance) demonstrations, ornament building, cookie decorating and interacting fun games.  The gifts were wrapped during the activities by volunteers for the children to take home to their families.

We would like to give a special thanks to Oakland Walmart, Garrett County Fair Board, Crossroads Church, Deep Creek Fire Department, Garrett County Emergency Services, Little Caesars (Grantsville), Ledo Pizza, Pizza Hut, Subway (Oakland Walmart), Arrowhead Market, McDonald’s (Oakland City), Wisp Resort, Funland, Bricingarde Excavating LLC, MSP Cumberland Explorers Post 52, Maryland State Highway Administration, event volunteers and all of the citizens, businesses and churches who made donations to the program.  Without the generosity of all involved the event would not have been possible.

The annual Police Providing Presents event was again a great success.  Those wishing to donate for next year’s event scheduled for Saturday, December 5th, 2020 can make donations in the form of checks or money orders to Garrett County Department of Social Services (GCDSS), 12578 Garrett Highway, Oakland, Maryland 21550 and specify “Police Providing Presents.” Although the preferred method is checks or money orders, cash donations are acceptable and can be dropped off in person at GCDSS.

Refer to the following list of businesses/churches who donated to this year’s program.  Individual donors were not listed for their privacy.

AEI Builders LLC
Allegany Hearing and Balance
Automotive Machine
Beechwood Coal, LLC
BYCO Enterprises, Inc.
Christ Lutheran Church
Crossroads Church
Custom Thredz
Deer Park Sportsman’s Club
Dental Health Group (Oakland) William R Yant D.D.S.
First Peoples Bank
Four Seasons Stitchery Inc.
Garrett County FOP Lodge 99 Inc.
Garrett Containers
G&W Lumber
Glotfelty Tire
Grantsville Equipment Company LLC
Grantsville Fire Department
Hoyes United Methodist Church
Mountain Top Cruisers
Oak Grove Church of the Brethren
Oakland MRI Center LLC
Patriot Chrysler Dodge & Jeep
Penn Alps
Proctor Kildow American Legion
Ritchie Trucking & Excavating, Inc.
Rush Services, Inc.
Slopeside LLC
Southern Middle School, 8th Grade Team
Total Biz Fulfillment
Total Teazin Salon LLC
Town of Oakland
Oakland Walmart
Woodman of the World.