Many gifts distributed, some still to find their Christmas trees

DUDLEY — Police departments work to protect and serve, but local officers have found a different way to serve their community.

The Dudley Police Department collected donations for needy families during the holiday season. Many people and area businesses made generous contributions to this worthwhile cause. A large volume of toys, clothing, and other gifts were provided to Dudley residents who needed assistance during these difficult times. These were distributed on Friday, December 20. Thanks to the generosity of those who donated, approximately 21 local families, including some 60 children, will enjoy the holiday season when they would have otherwise gone without.

This year, due to the shorter holiday season, initial donations were slower than normal, according to a press release issued by the Dudley Police Department. The department sent out a plea to the residents and there was, once again, an incredible response from the community. In excess of 500 gifts and over two thousand dollars were donated toward this effort. A special thank you goes out to the Fels’ Family Foundation, Dean Mason Paving, Dr. Paul Budzynkiewicz, Angel Share Wine and Spirits, Hylka Construction, the Dudley Women’s Club, and the Nawrocki, Lavoie, and Daniels’ families for their generosity. Several other families and individuals made significant contributions toward this campaign. Large toy donations were made by Nichols College and the Public Safety Department, Dudley Dollar General, and Shepherd Hill Regional High School’s National Honor Society. Tremendous thanks and appreciation go out to everyone who contributed.

The remaining toys and gifts will be distributed to local families in conjunction with organizations such as Webster Dudley Food Share. Credit and thanks go out to Sergeant Marek Karlowicz and Officer Chandler Boyd for another outstanding job coordinating and organizing this year’s drive. Their hard work and dedication have made this event successful year after year.

The Dudley Police Department would like to thank the many residents and others who answered the call for assistance with extreme generosity toward this worthwhile cause. This was a tremendous success once again. The Department wishes everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday Season and New Year.

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