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Police help needy have a brighter Christmas

Generous police officers have donated boxes of festive goodies to two charities in the run up to Christmas.

The Women's Resource Centre and Big Brother Big Sisters were presented with the haul of Christmas supplies this afternoon.

The collection of turkeys, non perishable goods, toys and treats had been provided by Bermuda Police Service officers and their children.

The generosity all proved a little too much for Patrina O'Connor-Paynter from Big Brothers Big Sisters who broke down in tears as the presentation was made.

Ms Paynter said: “There are lots of families struggling and we have a lot of children who are sufferings too.

“Seeing all these things that have been donated has brought tears to my eyes.

“We are thankful from the bottom of our hearts, especially for the young people who will benefit from it.”

Patrice Frith-Hayward from the Women's Resource Centre added: “These are the kind of donations that help us tremendously.

“These are very challenging times; we are so grateful to the Bermuda Police Service.”

The Police's Christmas donation scheme, called “Be a Part of a Miracle” has been spearheaded by Sergeant Shakisha Minors.

She said: “We were overwhelmed with the amount of goods that members of the service donated. Donations were also received from our annual children's Christmas party where children of members of the service donated nonperishable items.

“Due to the wonderful giving of the members of the BPS we were able to collect a signification amount of toys, toiletries, perishable and nonperishable items.”

During today's presentation the work of Women's Resource Centre volunteer, Chrissy Seymour, was also recognised.

Ms Seymour was provided with a special Christmas hamper for her efforts for the charity.

Acting Superintendent Calvin Smith, said: “Chrissy is a person who goes above and beyond.

“She is a loyal and reliable volunteer and we want to acknowledge her contribution to the charity.”

Bermuda Police's Community Action Team with the haul of food, toys and household items donated by Service staff (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published December 19, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 19, 2014 at 8:41 am)

Police help needy have a brighter Christmas

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