Cops and Volunteers Bring Santa?s Workshop to Underprivileged Community

District 2 Officer Butera stopped by the holiday gift giveaway to wrap a few gifts with our volunteers
District 2 Officer Butera stopped by the holiday gift giveaway to wrap a few gifts with our volunteers

When: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Where: TPD Resource in Community Hope House (R.I.C.H. House), 8218 North Marks Street, Tampa


Tampa Police officers and community volunteers put on their Santa hats and transformed the department’s R.I.C.H. House into a makeshift toy store. It is all part of an annual event to provide gifts to needy children in the Sulphur Springs community. Underprivileged single parents from the neighborhood will have the opportunity to stop by the department’s resource center to pick out free presents for their children and have volunteers gift wrap them. This year, more families have signed up to attend the department’s gift giveaway as a last resort for providing Christmas for their children. Officers and volunteers are prepared to donate gifts for up to 300 kids in the neighborhood.

Officers and six local organizations pulled together to donate all the gifts that line the walls and shelves inside the center. The Bayshore Baptish Women’s Group, Tampa Palms Bible Fellowship Group, Tampa Palms Women’s Group, GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club, Sertoma-East, All Nations Outreach, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Olive Garden and University of South Florida along with dozens of individuals and community members played a critical role in making the holiday event possible.

The R.I.C.H. House is a haven of last resort for many families experiencing economic hardship in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood. Throughout the holiday season, police partner with citizens to bring those residents relief and to spread holiday cheer.

Janelle McGregor
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