*MEDIA ADVISORY* Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive”

 

Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*MEDIA ADVISORY*

Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive”

FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven Police Sgt. Kevin Kobza would like to invite residents throughout the South Coast to participate in the seventh Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive” hosted by the non-profit group Safe Zones.

WHEN:

Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:

Walmart, 42 Fairhaven Commons Way, Fairhaven

WHAT:

The Fairhaven Police Department will once again be teaming up with the local anti-bullying group Safe Zones for their annual toy drive. They will be collecting toys, loading them onto school buses and distributing them to children throughout the South Coast this holiday season.

“We look forward to this event every year. Having so many people in the community come out and support this fantastic cause is really great to see,” Sgt. Kobza said. “No child should go without during the holidays and this is our way of making sure that doesn’t happen.”

Those who would like to participate can drop off new, unwrapped toys to the Fairhaven Walmart parking lot on Saturday. Toys for boys and girls of all age groups will be accepted. Please, no toys that simulate weapons, such as toy guns.

“Last year we filled seven school buses with hundreds of toys. It’s certainly a labor of love,” said Safe Zones Founder Jerry Pinto said. “We encourage everyone to come out and drop off toys. Every single one of them will help put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season.”

In addition to Fairhaven, toys will also be collected on Saturday at:

  • Target, 479 State Road, Dartmouth, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Acushnet Police Department, 64 Middle Road, Acushnet, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • New Bedford Police Headquarters, 871 Rockdale Ave., New Bedford, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toys can also be donated at police stations in Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Acushnet and New Bedford until Dec. 24.

For more information or for a pickup of five or more items, email safezonekids@gmail.com.

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Tickets Still Available for the Irish American Police Officers Association Annual $10,000 Drawing

Irish American Police Officers
Association of Massachusetts
3 Brighton St.
Belmont, MA 02478

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Tickets Still Available for the Irish American Police Officers Association Annual $10,000 Drawing

NEWTON — The Irish American Police Officers Association (IAPOA) wishes to remind the public that it will hold its annual $10,000 drawing in December. Tickets are still available!

The drawing will occur on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 440, 295 California St., Newton.

Raffle tickets are on sale for $100 each and must be purchased before the drawing. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Participants are invited to attend the drawing, which will feature dinner and a performance from the IAPOA Pipes and Drums.

The drawing is a reverse raffle that will award a $10,000 grand prize, as well as $3,000 in additional cash and other prizes, including a $1,000 prize for the raffle’s runner-up.

The $10,000 drawing is the IAPOA’s primary fundraising source for its Annual Awards Dinner, which honors police officers from throughout the region for their outstanding work and acts of heroism. Officers are recognized for a variety of categories, including investigations, valor, life-saving actions, community service efforts and humanitarian acts. The IAPOA also awards its Medal of Honor to officers who lost their lives in the line of duty during the preceding year.

Those who would like to support the event or purchase a raffle ticket may do so by emailing IrishAmericanPolice@yahoo.com. Credit cards will be accepted as a form of payment. You can learn more about the Association at Irishamericanpolice.org.

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Bedford Neighbor Brigade Gears Up for the Holidays, Seeks Volunteers

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-690-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Bedford Neighbor Brigade Gears Up for the Holidays, Seeks Volunteers

BEDFORD – With the holiday season upon us, the Bedford Neighbor Brigade is looking to spread the word about their services to the community and encourage those who are interested in volunteering to sign up.

The Neighbor Brigade establishes community-specific networks of volunteers that can be mobilized to help residents facing sudden crisis manage their day-to-day tasks like meal preparation, rides and basic household chores. Using a web-based coordination system, the Brigade manages recipient requests and the recruitment of volunteers to fulfill those requests sensitively, quickly and free of charge.

The Bedford Neighbor Brigade chapter is one of the oldest in the organization, founded in March 2010. Chapter leader Amy Mason was dear friends with Neighbor Brigade’s founder Pam Washek, who started the organization after suffering her first bout with cancer in 2002. She wanted to “pay forward” the acts of kindness she received from her own neighbors during her cancer treatments. Sadly, Pam lost her battle with cancer in 2012.

“I have been blessed to work with this organization from the beginning and have seen how our small gestures can make such an enormous impact in the lives of those who are struggling,” Mason said. “This time of year can be especially difficult, so we are eager to help existing and potential participants in their time of need. We are always looking to expand our presence in town, both with volunteers and people who may need assistance, so I would encourage anyone who is interested in learning more to reach out!”

There are currently 31 Neighbor Brigade chapters — 26 in Massachusetts, two in Connecticut, one in Rhode Island, one in Maine and one in New Jersey. The Bedford Neighbor Brigade chapter has a total of 268 volunteers who have donated approximately 670 hours of their time to serve 211 clients and families in need.

Since its founding, the Bedford Chapter has served 710 families and completed 2,332 tasks. Last year, volunteers made 79 meals — 146 meal servings — performed 46 dog walks, gave 45 rides and allocated four community drives for those in need. About 52 percent of the Bedford Neighbor Brigade’s clients require assistance after surgery, 40 percent of clients used the service following a cancer diagnosis and 8 percent reached out to the Bedford Neighbor Brigade after an accident.

“Bedford Neighbor Brigade isn’t just about giving someone who’s having a hard time a break from shopping and cooking,” said John Laferriere, a former recipient who now volunteers for the organization. “The meals we received after my wife’s death were a reminder that we live in a community where people care about their neighbors. It meant a lot to us then, and it feels so good to be a part of that now, and to make and deliver meals to others in need.”

In addition to the services that the Bedford Neighbor Brigade provides to its clients, they also partner with other local organizations including the Bedford Food Pantry, the Bedford Council on Aging and the Bedford Green. They recently completed a pie drive for the food pantry and a Thanksgiving meal drive for the veterans at the Bedford Green, and have coordinated hygiene product drives in the past.

The Neighbor Brigade is always looking for new volunteers who want to make a difference in someone’s life. For more information about how to get involved, visit the Bedford Neighbor Brigade chapter website.

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*MEDIA ADVISORY* Whitman Hanson WILL Coalition to Host Meeting on Opioid Abuse Prevention

Whitman Police Department
Scott D. Benton, Chief of Police
20 Essex St
Whitman, MA 02382

For Immediate Release

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*MEDIA ADVISORY*

Whitman Hanson WILL Coalition to Host Meeting on Opioid Abuse Prevention

WHITMAN — Police Chief Scott D. Benton announces that Whitman Hanson WILL is hosting an upcoming forum for community members on the ongoing opioid epidemic, and all are welcome.

WHEN:

Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

WHERE:

Hanson Public Library, 132 Maquan St.

WHAT:

The meeting will include representatives from the Whitman and Hanson police and fire departments, WhitmanHanson school system, local community outreach programs and the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office. It will be an opportunity for residents of the towns to have a conversation with officials and talk about what efforts are being done to treat and prevent opioid addiction.

“The goal is to get everybody together to get the word out there about the coalition and the resources that are available to residents,” Police Chief Scott D. Benton said. “The opioid epidemic has left no community untouched, and we encourage community members who have been affected by this disease to attend.”

Overdose deaths in Massachusetts have increased from 560 in 2010 to an estimated 2,107 in 2016, according to the state Department of Public Health. In recent months, officials have warned of increased usage of fentanyl and carfentenil in the region and the dangers posed by using the powerful opioids that are significantly stronger than heroin.

For more information about the meeting, contact Amanda Sandoval at asandoval@hptc.org. Sandoval is the Assistant Director of Preventative Services for the High Point Treatment Center.

About Whitman Hanson WILL:

Whitman Hanson WILL is part of a regional coalition, the Brockton Area Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative, which works to promote advocacy and reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders. Their mission is to provide opioid abuse and overdose prevention resources to the community through education, awareness and support.

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