The city police department and its local union members will conduct a series of holiday events aimed to spread holiday cheer among city children, Police Director Anthony Caputo said.
The events will kick off 11 a.m. Saturday when police officers and Santa Claus will distribute more than 700 gifts to children at the Reform Church of New Brunswick on Suydam Street during an annual holiday party.
Members of PBA No. 23 also will distribute hot chocolate and doughnuts to the children. Police then will accompany Santa on gift-bearing visits throughout the city, including:
9 a.m. Dec. 20, Puerto Rican Action Board’s Day Care Center on Drift Street.
5:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Raritan Garden Apartments off Commercial Avenue.
9:30 a.m. Dec. 21, World for Kids Day Care Center on Route 27.
11:20 a.m. Dec. 22, Robert Wood Johnson Children’s Center Institute on Little Albany Street, followed by a visit to Saint Peter’s Hospital Children’s Pavilion on Easton Ave.
9 a.m. Dec. 23, Children Center Day Care, 411 Joyce Kilmer Ave.
In addition to distributing gifts to children at St. Peter’s, PBA No. 23 will present a $1,000 check to the hospital, said Det. Michael Sutton, president of PBA No. 23.
The money was raised during the union’s annual charity golf outing.
On Christmas Eve, Santa will be escorted by police throughout the city distributing more than 200 gifts to children in need, Sutton said.
The police department and all of its members are proud to support our community and bring a little bit of joy to our children during this special time.