by Lisa Tome
The 102 Town of Elkton employees embraced the spirit of the Christmas season.
For the second consecutive year, in a program which was spearheaded by those in the Parks and Recreation Department, the staff collected for a cause. A food drive, to benefit the Cecil County Help Center was held.
"I am very proud of our employees for creating this and putting together this food drive. It's been very successful," said Elkton Mayor Rob Alt.
All the town departments; public works, police, administration, human resources, finance, and parks/rec. contributed.
Elkton Town Clerk Michelle Henson said the giving spirit doesn't end with the holiday season. All year round, on Elkton employee paydays, staff are given the opportunity to dress casually in exchange for a donation. Henson said employees can wear jeans and proceeds go to an approved local cause or organization. "It's what we do," said Henson.
Another morale booster during the holidays in Elkton was a friendly competition. An inter office door decorating contest was held. Each department came up with a different display with a Christmas them. Mayor Alt and the Board of Commissioners judge the contest. Administration's Santa stuck in a chimney display won.
The Elkton Police Department also created a noteworthy door display. The work included the Grinch's arrest profile and an arrest by Officer Kringle. Police Lieutenant Holly Smith said discussions are underway to donate the Grinch display, possibly to a charitable organization.