Top: Milton police officers hold presents the union donated to the Milton Family Community Center's toy drive. L to R: Paul Locke, Jareco Coulombe, Jason Porter, Frank Scalise, Scott Philbrook.  Above: ubuchon Hardware staff pose for a photo with the trees they donated to Milton families in need. (Photo by Courtney Lamdin)

Top: Milton police officers hold presents the union donated to the Milton Family Community Center’s toy drive. L to R: Paul Locke, Jareco Coulombe, Jason Porter, Frank Scalise, Scott Philbrook. Above: ubuchon Hardware staff pose for a photo with the trees they donated to Milton families in need. (Photo by Courtney Lamdin)

Christmas time is one for giving, and two groups stepped in when people really needed it this month.

Each year, members of the Milton Police Benevolent Asssociation go shopping for Christmas gifts for kids in need. This year, they delivered just in time for the Milton Family Community Center’s Toys for Kids drive, spending $300 of union funds on a variety of toys. MFCC provided a list, and the cops purchased remote-controlled cars, Cabbage Patch dolls, trains and more.

“You should see a bunch of cops trying to buy colored hair extensions,” Milton Detective Cpl. Paul Locke said of one girl’s wishlist.

He added that the shopping trips are fun, and the union enjoys giving back to the community.

Locke poses for a photo with the gifts. (Photo by Courtney Lamdin)

Locke poses for a photo with the gifts. (Photo by Courtney Lamdin)

Also this year, school resource officer Cpl. Scott Philbrook was contacted by Milton school officials about kids who needed not toys but basic essentials for Christmas. The police plan to hand deliver the items to the three childrens’ homes, he said.

Also this year, Aubuchon Hardware donated six Christmas trees to families in need. A local church helped them identify three families, who picked up their trees from the Route 7 store last week. Staff also noticed MFCC’s collection and decided to donate three trees to that cause. The center will distribute the firs with the toys just before Christmas.