On Monday, the Commissioner Ian Stewart attended Santa’s Workshop at Policelink to help wrap presents for the Commissioner’s Gift Drive, Queensland Police say.
Policelink have been managing the Gift Drive since 2010, and this year the workshop is almost bursting at the seams to hold all the generous donations received from Variety, QBANK, Sandgate Men’s Shed and QPS staff and the fundraising efforts of the Gift Drive Team.
This year’s Drive is supplying 1767 children in need with gifts this Christmas, with agencies from Inala, Forest Lake, Caloundra, Maroochydore, Ipswich, Beenleigh, Caboolture, Logan and Crestmead identifying children who will need to receive a gift from the Commissioner’s Gift Drive.
The Commissioner was joined by volunteers from QBANK, Policelink and Variety – The Children’s Charity CEO Steve Wakerley.
Many Policelink staff members also helped wrap some presents on their lunch break.
The 2018 State Coordinator for The Commissioner’s Gift Drive Sue Roberts said this is a record number of children needing gifts from the Gift Drive, and 400 more than last year.
“The Commissioner’s Gift Drive is a massive project each year, however it is an important and special part of the festive season to members of the QPS.
“In our work, we tend to see more than our fair share of pain and heartache, so it means a lot to bring joy to so many children at Christmas time.”
Gift wrapping will continue throughout this week, undertaken by volunteer QPS staff and the Gift Drive team.