RICHMOND — Local officers are looking to make a difference for those in need this holiday season, but first they will need some help from public.
The Richmond Police Department, in partnership with Matthew’s Wish, will host a community Stuff-A-Cruiser collection on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ocean State Job Lot parking lot, 12 Stilson Road in Wyoming. Off-duty officers will be present with a department cruiser to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys that will benefit Chariho-area children.
All proceeds from the collection will go to benefit Matthew’s Wish, an initiative founded by Chariho student Matthew Thayer in an effort to help those in need.
Toys collected during various drives will benefit clients of the Rhode Island Center Assisting those in Need, or RI CAN, which serves as the primary non-profit for Richmond, Hopkinton and Charlestown.
Johnson, who spoke about the department’s efforts in a November phone interview, said he could not be more proud of the department’s officers for stepping up. He said it is difficult for departments of Richmond’s size to coordinate these kind of collections because of seasonal needs, but noted officers have stepped up to volunteer their time while off-duty.
For more information on Matthew’s Wish, visit matthewswishri.com/about.