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CRS seeks help to make holidays special for adopted Hagerstown families

November 17, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com

Community Rescue Service has adopted seven families this Christmas and its members are asking the community to help make this holiday extra special for each family.

Chris Eyler, a volunteer emergency medical technician with CRS, said this is the first time CRS has done such a large effort at Christmas.

CRS is asking the community to donate either money or gifts for the families, Eyler said.

Between now and Dec. 10, anyone can make a donation to the effort, he said.

"We'd like the community to help support this program and make it as successful as possible," he said.

Having done something similar in other communities where he volunteered, Eyler said it is very emotional day when the gifts are delivered.

CRS has a wish list from each family, complete with sizes, he said.

Eyler asked that anyone who is interested in helping to contact him by phone or email.

For those interested in making a financial donation to the cause, their money will be used by the membership to buy gifts for the families, he said.

Donations are being accepted at the CRS station at 110 Eastern Blvd. North, Eyler said.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Checks can be made payable to Community Rescue Service, he said.

"We are hoping to collect as much money and donations as we can for these families," he said. "I also heard a rumor that Santa will be making a trip in the ambulance or rescue squad to deliver the gifts."

All seven families reside in the city of Hagerstown, he said.

Eyler said CRS hopes to present the families with the gifts on Dec. 17.

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To donate

What: "Operation Save a Christmas," a Community Rescue Service Christmas drive to help seven local families.

When: Now through Dec. 10

Where: Community Rescue Service, 110 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown

Info: CRS is collecting gift and monetary donations to provide gifts to families this Christmas. Those wishing to donate may call Chris Eyler at 240-357-1609 or send an email to ceyler@crs75.org. Checks can be made payable to Community Rescue Service. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CRS office.

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