December 16, 2013 21:22
Today, Monday December 16, 2013, at 10:19 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the call of a disturbance at a residence in Southeast Portland's Centennial neighborhood. When the officers arrived they learned that no crime had occurred but that the female resident was struggling to figure out how to provide a nice Christmas for her three children, ages 2, 5 and 12.
The officers noted that there was no Christmas tree or gifts in the home and the family was clearly in a difficult situation. Officers George Weseman and Rob Jackson left the home and purchased a Christmas tree, lights, stockings and stocking stuffers for the family.
The officers then went to the Portland Fire & Rescue Toy n' Joy Makers and, with their help, the officers got several boxes of toys for the kids for Christmas.
The officers also contacted the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division and got a food box for the family.
Portland Fire & Rescue Toy n' Joy Makers has a 99 year tradition of helping children and families during the holiday season.
Community members interested in learning more about Toy n' Joy Makers or wanting to make a donation can visit http://www.toynjoymakers.org
Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 90-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.
The Sunshine Division offers emergency food assistance six days a week at their warehouse as well as 24/7 through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched to those in need at any time. In addition to food relief they also offer new and gently used clothing to those in need.
To donate or volunteer with the Sunshine Division visit: http://www.sunshinedivision.org/
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204