Tactical Christmas: Santa to lead SWAT team

Santa with his helper from the Nashua Police Force with a child visiting during last year’s Tactical Christmas.

NASHUA – In the spirit of holiday giving, the Nashua Police Athletic League and the Manchester Police Athletic League will team up for the fifth annual Tactical Christmas.

At 8 a.m. Dec. 21, Nashua Police Department officers will gather at Whole Foods on Amherst Street to collect what they need to bring holiday cheer to those in need. From there, holiday gifts and meals will be delivered to more than 35 families in Nashua and Manchester.

Nashua SWAT team members will join Santa Claus to make the special delivery to 35 Nashua families.

Foregoing a drop down the chimney for a less invasive method, members of the Manchester Community Policing Division will deliver their holiday magic, meals, and toys right to the families’ front doors.

Santa and his badge-wearing elves will exit a heavy-armor police truck and greet families selected by Nashua PAL with a full holiday feast and plenty of gifts suitable for all members of the family.

“Tactical Christmas is a great program that helps bring holiday joy to families that need it most. PAL and the police department are so appreciative for the community partners that help make this happen,” Nashua PAL officer Michael DeBisz said.

Since its inception, the Tactical Christmas program has grown from helping five families the first year to 35 families in its fifth year.

Also contributing to Nashua PAL’s Tactical Christmas are Nashua businesses who host toy donation boxes throughout December until the day of delivery. Those wishing to contribute may donate their unwrapped gifts at select locations, including Nashua Coins and Collectibles, the Nashua Senior Center, Nashua Whole Foods, the Nashua Police Department, Sears in the Pheasant Lane Mall, or Best Ford on Amherst Street.

Individuals can also drop off gifts at the Nashua PAL Youth Safe Haven (52 Ash St., Nashua), or donate online at bit.ly/PALTC18 (case sensitive).

“Helping local families by sharing the spirit of the holidays through Tactical Christmas is something the Manchester PD Community Policing Division looks forward to every year,” Manchester PAL officer John Levasseur added. “We are thankful that with the help of our community partners, we are able to make the holiday season special for these families.”

For more information on how to help, individuals should contact DeBisz at 603-594-3733, or debiszm@nashuapd.com, or visit Nashua PAL’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nashuapal.