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“Presents from Police” Pack Squad Cars and Deliver Holiday Joy

Posted: Dec 21, 2019 by The Children's Institute


Group Photo - Presents from Police stand under sign at The Children's Institute
“Presents from Police” – a toy drive effort started by local law enforcement over a decade ago and continuing strong today – made a special visit to The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. While the visit brings smiles to students of The Day School at The Children’s Institute and brightens outpatient areas, police officers also find great joy in the visit.


“It’s overwhelming. This is something all of our guys look forward to every year. It’s just phenomenal,” said Deputy Chief Mike Vith of the Borough of Millvale Police, who works alongside Aspinwall Chief David Nemec to make the drive an annual event since its founding in 2011. “Presents from Police” previously earned Nemec the Humanitarian Award at the Amen Corner Senator John Heinz Law Enforcement luncheon.

Aspinwall, Millvale, Etna, Shaler, Reserve, Bellevue, and City of Pittsburgh officers love to shop for the gifts and meet the kids, according to Vith. “We’re bringing these gifts to let them know we care about them and we’re thinking about them. We’re here to bring happiness and a smile,” said Vith.

Officers delivered brand new gifts to students in specialized classrooms for autism, multiple disabilities, and adult preparation. Toys were also delivered to outpatient medical waiting areas.

Presents from Police in Classroom
Located in Squirrel Hill, The Day School at The Children’s Institute is an approved private school offering special education services to nearly 200 children ages 5-21 from more than 60 school districts. In addition to being a national leader in the education of children with special needs, The Children’s Institute also provides outpatient physical and behavioral health services, and family services including adoption and foster care.

“It’s truly magical to see how visits like these so positively affect our amazing kids. ‘Presents from Police’ has supported our children for many years and we welcome them back with open arms this holiday season. We thank the officers for taking the time to be so supportive of our organization. This past year, I think we’ve all realized the incredible importance of our police and we thank them for their dedicated service and commitment to our community,” said Wendy Pardee, President and CEO of The Children’s Institute.

See more of this year's visit in the media coverage on KDKA on Sparkt!


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