PITTSBURG, KS – This week, the Pittsburg Police Department looks a bit more like Santa’s workshop than normal, with brightly-decorated packages and toys lining the hallway.
Pittsburg Police Department Family Response Advocates Diann Gambill and Reva Meadows have been busily collecting and organizing Christmas gifts for children they serve in the community.
“During this Christmas season we were fortunate enough to access Christmas needs for families that are currently enrolled in the Family Response Program,” says Gambill. “With the donations from our Pittsburg Police Officers and staff, along with other donations, we were able to provide 55 children with one toy and a pair of pajamas or clothing. In addition, our program was able to get 55 stockings filled with an age appropriate children’s book, candy, hot cocoa packet, fruit, cheese and crackers.”
Distribution to families will take place this week, just in time for Christmas.
About the Family Response Program:
The Family Response Program works side-by-side with local law enforcement to assist families identified as at-risk. Family advocates coordinate with police officers to provide additional support after patrol calls, investigations and other contact with families in the community. The program connects parents with community resources, and provides referrals and follow-ups for families in Crawford County in order to reduce the occurrence of child abuse and neglect.