Citizens in Policing Team deliver over 100 care packages to those in need this Christmas
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Thanks to a wonderful response to their Community Christmas Appeal, our Citizens in Policing (CiP) Team will be delivering over 100 ‘care packages’ this week to those in our community who are in need, lonely or isolated this Christmas.
With generous donations from around the Force and from the public, the appeal has been a real community effort with special thanks to our Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteers who have helped make these important deliveries. The care packages contain a handwritten Christmas card, a hand decorated ceramic star from our Police Cadets and volunteers as well as hats, gloves, scarves or socks, mince pies, chocolates and snacks as well as a toy for any children. Also included was information about crime prevention and support services available for anyone struggling and details of any charity Christmas lunches happening around the county.
The care packages are going to those in need in the community, the elderly and lonely in care homes and the Swindon Refuge and hope to provide a small boost and some comfort for people who may struggle at this time of year. Additional toys were also supplied to the refuge for any children who may come in as an emergency over the next few days.
Citizens in Policing Manager Jennifer Holton said, “The pandemic has had a devastating effect on many people, leaving them feeling isolated, lonely and vulnerable. Sadly, we know these feelings will be felt more so than ever at Christmas. Our Community Christmas Appeal wanted to help remind those in need in our communities that they are surrounded by care, compassion and support.
“It was lovely to see everyone pulling together to help others. It's great to know Wiltshire Police have been able to help make a small difference to well over 100 people in time for Christmas.
“I am really proud of our Police Cadets too; they did a fantastic job writing Christmas cards and decorating star ornaments. They really got into the spirit of the project and wrote some really heartfelt messages for people.”
If anyone is struggling this Christmas, help is available. Whatever you are going through, the Samaritans are waiting for your call and will face it with you. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Visit their website https://www.samaritans.org/ for more information or call 116 123 for free.