Blue and Red Christmas collects for Riverdale families

Gift donations deadline Dec. 12

RIVERDALE — Public safety personnel are asking the public to donate Christmas gifts for Riverdale families that have been through a traumatic crime, fire, or life-altering incident.

What was once known as “Christmas with a Cop” by the Riverdale Police Department this year has been changed to “A Blue and Red Christmas.”

The city of Riverdale Public Safety Department is sponsoring the Christmas event. In the past, officers would solicit for Christmas gifts but now the city’s firefighters and other public safety workers will be included in the event.

“A Blue and Red Christmas” will be held this year in memory of the man who posed as Santa Claus, Jim Atkinson, during the “Christmas with a Cop” celebration.

“This is something we do every year, because this is a way we wanted to help families during this time of year,” said Riverdale Asst. Police Chief Todd Spivey.

Officials are asking that all Christmas donations be dropped off by Dec. 12, at the Riverdale Police Department, located at 6690 Church Street, in Riverdale. The drop off hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Christmas gifts are being collected for 10 families for “A Blue and Red Christmas.” The families are designated by color to avoid naming them.

The pink family has four members — a grandmother who would like socks for Christmas, a 7-year-old female, who wants socks, stockings, pants, jeans, coat, educational books and learning tools. She wears a size seven.

The gold family has seven members — mother, father, girls ages 3, 7 and 13 and boys ages 8 years and 9 months.

The white family has five members — mother, father, a 10-year-old girl and two boys ages, 9 and 4.

The green family has four members — grandmother, mother, a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.

The purple family has three members — mom, a 15-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy.

The blue family has four members — mom, two boys ages 14 and 8 as well as a 10-year-old girl.

The black and white family has three members — grandmother, and two boys, ages 16 and 13.

The red and white family has four members — mom and three girls ages 5, 4 and 1. The 4-year-old is a special needs child.

The dark blue family has six members — mom, four males ages 46, 23, 2 and 1 as well as a 25-year-old female.

The silver family has three members — mom, and two special needs children, both boys, ages 9 and 3.

The burgundy family has three members — father and two boys, ages 9 and 6.

For more information about donating to the families, call Lt. Nicole Rabel at 770-909-5416.