Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that state, federal and local law enforcement agencies are again joining forces to collect presents for the Kids, Cops and Christmas project.
The Rhode Island State Police, The Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association, the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Rhode Island and other state and federal law enforcement agencies are collecting these gifts to fulfill the wishes of deserving children throughout Rhode Island.
The gifts will be given to the following agencies for distribution to families: Crossroads Rhode Island; Family Service of Rhode Island; Project Night Vision; A Children's Friend; the Hispanic Ministerial Association of Rhode Island; Multi-Cultural Center for All; the Mount Hope Neighborhood Association; the Center for Southeast Asians; the African Alliance; and the Chad Brown Alumni Association.
The agencies are seeking donations of new, unwrapped gifts and gift cards with a value of $25 or less. The gifts will be given to children from toddlers through teens. Especially needed are gift cards for older children and teenagers.
Donations can be brought to Rhode Island State Police Barracks in Scituate, Lincoln Woods, Hope Valley and Wickford. Many local police departments also will collect donations for this campaign.
In addition, the Rhode Island State Police and the Governor's Office are asking people to Fill a Cruiser with donated gifts at the annual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony at the State House, 82 Smith St., Providence, on Thursday, November 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The goal of Kids, Cops and Christmas is to provide a positive holiday experience for deserving children, while also showing them that members of law enforcement are their friends and are in their community to support them.
"Every child deserves a gift at Christmas," said Major Christopher J. Dicomitis, who is leading this year's Kids, Cops and Christmas campaign. "We hope the toys and gifts we collect will help make the holidays a little brighter for many children and their families."