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Westport Police Grateful for Help on Toy Drive

WESTPORT, Conn. – The following letter is from Police Sgt. Jill Ruggiero on behalf of the members of the Westport Police Department.

The members of the Westport Police Union and Westport Police Benevolent Association would like to extend our sincere gratitude for the extremely generous contributions we received during our 2011 Holiday Toy Drive.

The toy drive, which is held annually, sponsored by the Westport Police Union and the Westport Police Benevolent Association, and run by its members, has historically been tremendously successful. This year was no different; maybe even more successful than previous years.

We were able to donate gifts to several hundred children throughout Fairfield County who otherwise would not have received toys for the holidays. Toys were distributed to organizations such as the Interfaith Housing Association (Westport), Norwalk Community Health Center (Norwalk), Bridgeport Council of Churches (Bridgeport), St. Charles Urban Center (Bridgeport), and St. Vincent's Medical Center (Bridgeport).

The project would not be nearly as successful if it weren't for the individuals and local businesses that show their support, concern and generosity toward the underprivileged in our area.

Each year as the members of the Westport Police Department collect the donations, we are deeply touched by the generosity and caring that is displayed. To see not only adults demonstrate the true spirit of the holidays, but children as well, is truly heartwarming.

Special thanks to the Athletic Shoe Factory, A&J's Farm Stand, 95.9 The Fox Radio, and Wal-Mart Stores for their assistance in the logistical aspects of our efforts and their generosity. Without them, we couldn't have done it!

With thanks from the bottom of our hearts,

The Men and Women of the Westport Police Department

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