Rhode Island State Police launch annual 'Kids, Cops and Christmas' campaign

Rhode Island State Police launch annual 'Kids, Cops and Christmas' campaign

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Rhode Island are teaming up once again to provide assistance for children in need this holiday season as part of the state’s annual “Kids, Cops and Christmas” campaign — but they need your help.

Rhode Island State Police launched the campaign Monday in partnership with 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. 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 Rhode Island State Police Maj. Christopher J. Dicomitis, who will head the annual campaign on behalf of state police. “We hope the toys and gifts we collect will help make the holidays a little brighter for many children and their families.”

The collection serves as one of the state’s leading Christmas collections and proceeds of the effort benefit eligible families who sign up for assistance through 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.

Police are seeking 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,” Dicomitis said in a press release.

State police are also 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, Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Jason Vallee



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