Prospect Park Police Team Up With First Responders Children’s Foundation To Provide Toys For Interboro Families – Delco Times

PROSPECT PARK – The Prospect Park Police Department recently received toys from the First Responder Children’s Foundation to distribute to needy families in the community. Police turned over the toys to counselors at Interboro Kindergarten and Prospect Park School for local families in need.

First Responders Children’s Foundation, the national non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to the families of first responders who have been injured or killed in the line of duty, in partnership with the Prospect Park Police Department in the part of the Toy Express program. Toy Express provides families and children of first responders in first responder communities across the country with free toys that bring holiday cheer. The program offers a personal way to show gratitude to heroes in uniform and their families, and it has a profound impact on the communities in which they serve. Due to an increase in the number of deaths in the line of duty in 2021, the FRCF has extended its attention to the families of first responders who have died in the line of duty and to communities that have faced significant hardship. . Despite being launched amid a wave of supply chain issues, this year’s Toy Express is moving forward at full speed as the Foundation and its valued partners SB Projects, CSX, SERVPRO, Mattel, Hess Toy Trucks, Good360 and Toys for Tots all work with Total Quality Logistics, the nation’s largest private freight brokerage, to ensure free toys are delivered to kids during a tough holiday delivery season.

“First responders and their families have endured great hardship this year, and the social and emotional impact it has had on them is immeasurable,” said Jillian Crane, President of the First Responders Children’s Foundation. “Keeping this priority in mind has strengthened our commitment to delivering toys and joy this Christmas. Anyone or business can join us in this commitment by texting TOY at 24365. “

Last year, Toy Express reached 346 cities across America. In total, it reached 102 police departments, fire departments and hospitals. This year, its reach will double. In 2020, 378 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. By 2021, the number has already reached 424. Fire departments have also seen an increase in LODDs. There were 96 in 2020, but by 2021 that number has already reached 119.

The Prospect Park Police Department was among those chosen by the First Responders Children’s Foundation to receive toys to distribute to the children of Prospect Park and the children of the Interboro School District.

“We realize how lucky we are to work in a community that supports us, and we wanted to share this fantastic opportunity with the families we serve,” said Prospect Park Sgt. Harry O’Neill. “We coordinated with the Interboro School District, local residents hosting a toy drive and our Town Watch and distributed the toys among them to give away for Christmas.”

The need this year is important. Any business or individual can hop aboard the Virtual Toy Express and purchase a toy for families who have lost a first responder this year at https://give.1strcf.org/campaign/toy-express/c302851. Donations can also be made by texting TOY at 24365.

Responders Children’s Foundation created Toy Express with generous donations of toys from Mattel and American Girl, such as 18-inch American Girl dolls and Mattel Hot Wheels® and Matchbox® cars. Additional sponsors include SB Projects, CSX, SERVPRO, Wilbert Funeral Services, Hess Toy Trucks, I Run 4 Movement, Melissa & Doug, LLC, Toys for Tots, Good360, SoundOff Signal, JP Morgan Chase, The Toy Foundation, Jazwares, Creata and Total quality logistics. Plus, generous people across the country are helping bring holiday cheer to the families of first responders by donating toys and cash. For more information visit https://1strcf.org/toy-express.

For 20 years, the First Responders Children’s Foundation has provided college scholarships to children of parents of first responders who have been injured or lost in the line of duty. The Foundation also provides grants to families facing significant financial hardship and supports educational activities and programs created by first responder organizations to benefit children or the communities in which they live. The First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was established in March 2020 to provide financial hardship grants, PPE and hotel rooms to first responders on the front lines of the pandemic . The Foundation also pays for the funerals of first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice. More information about First Responders Children’s Foundation is available at http://www.1stRCF.org.

Ridley Township School District Recognized for Pandemic Response Efforts

At the Ridley Township School Board meeting on December 6, Delaware County Council Vice President Dr. Monica Taylor presented a resolution to the Ridley Township School Board and Superintendent Lee Ann Wentzel in recognition of the district’s response efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations, institutions and individuals answered the call to serve residents of Delaware County during a critical time, when the county was faced with the navigation and survival of a pandemic. deadly world without county health service.

“The Ridley Township School District is to be commended for its efforts,” said Taylor. “The leaders, teachers, students and their parents in the Ddistrict have weathered the pandemic with compassion, bravery and dedication, focusing their efforts not only on education, but on the health and safety of the community. “
District efforts included mitigation, awareness, sharing critical information, helping food insecure families, immunization, and working with Delaware County libraries to expand access to books. e-books and audiobooks during the pandemic when libraries were closed.

The resolution read: “Council congratulates and thanks the Ridley Township School Board, Superintendent Lee Ann Wentzel, teachers, helpers, bus drivers, staff and students of the Ridley Township School District, as well as the parents for doing their best to keep their community safe. during the COVID-19 pandemic. “

Have breakfast with Santa on Sunday

The American Legion Post 507, 20 W. Cleveland Ave., Norwood, will present Breakfast with Santa Claus from 9 am to 11 am on Sunday, December 19. The cost is $ 7 for ages 13 and over, $ 5 for ages 7 to 12, and free for children under 7. Everyone is welcome. To reach the extension, dial 610-586-0158.

Fans remember The Main Point by installing a bronze plaque on site

The Kelly Music Center in Havertown announced that fans and supporters of The Main Point have successfully held the permanent commemoration of the iconic entertainment venue at 874 W. Lancaster Ave. to Bryn Mawr. Thanks to fans and generous donors, a bronze plaque is now mounted on the front of the building for all to see.

During the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, The Main Point hosted performances by many hugely successful artists, such as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Ian, and many more.
The current owner of the building, Steve Bajus, authorized the installation. Main Point’s intellectual property owner, Michael Curry, has authorized use of the logo and name. A plaque displaying the names of supporters has been installed inside the Kelly Center at 4 E. Eagle Road in Havertown. The Kelly Center is owned and operated by Kelly Music for Life, a 501c3 nonprofit that serves the community with musical and artistic endeavors.

Some supporters’ nameplates are still available. For more information on the Kelly Center, visit https://kellycenter.org. For more information on donating and obtaining a nameplate, contact Tom Kelly at tkelly1984@comcast.net/.

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