Prince Edward Island RCMP members are likely going to the top of Santa’s “nice” list with their request sent in a news release Thursday.
Apparently, well-meaning businesses and individuals who wish to show their appreciation are known to try and drop off gifts at RCMP detachments.
This year, the RCMP is asking would-be gift-bearers to make a donation to a local food bank as an alternative to baking treats or bringing gifts to the detachments for the members.
“We don’t want to seem unappreciative to these acts of kindness,” said Commanding Officer Chief Superintendent Craig Gibson. “Beyond wanting to ensure that those in need receive these gifts, we are bound by policy which prevents members from accepting tokens of thanks.”
Gibson added, “All employees appreciate the kindness that is represented by gifts to the office at Christmas and we want to acknowledge how great it feels to be recognized in that way. The support we receive from the various communities is tremendous, but this year we would like to pay that forward through contributions to those who need it more than we do.
“Knowing we are helping Islanders who are less fortunate would be the best gift of all.”