Summerside police collect donations for families in need

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SUMMERSIDE - It’s a way to connect with the community and to give back.

For a third year, Summerside Police Services is holding its Cops for Christmas campaign, which collects items to help local families in need during the holidays.

Const. Craig Murphy is spearheading the event.

“It seems like a great opportunity for us to give back to the community. They give us so much. It is nice for us to be able to say thank you,” said Murphy. “There are a lot of families out there that have a rough time this time of year. It is nice for us to be able to give something back.”

He and his fellow police officers see first-hand families that are struggling, some who benefit from the department’s efforts during the holidays.

“It is not necessarily the fault of the family. A lot of people get into bad situations and need a helping hand, especially this time of year,” said Murphy.

“We want to seem approachable. We don’t want people to be scared. Getting out in the community like this is a good way to meet us and have a chat.”

It is nice for us to be able to give something back. Const. Craig Murphy

The campaign has Summerside police parking its paddy wagon inside Credit Union Place in Summerside on Saturday, Dec. 19.

In the back sits Chief Dave Poirier, who stays inside until the space is filled.

Those gifts will be used by the Summerside Salvation Army for its Christmas hampers, which are distributed to area families in need.

Donations can be dropped off starting at 9 a.m.

“It was great. We had people showing up like an hour before we were expecting them,” Murphy said of last year’s campaign. “We had toys coming in for the kids very early. We had the van full around 12:30 or 1 o’clock and stuff just kept coming in.”

The generosity of the community was overwhelming, said the city police constable.

“The support kept coming in. We had to get another car to come up, which was excellent to see.”

Organizations: Summerside Police Services, Credit Union Place, Summerside Salvation Army

Geographic location: Summerside

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