This year members of the Marco Island Police Department decided to share their Christmas spirit by adopting a local family. Working with The Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Greater Naples, the department was paired with a family of five, who like many, have had a particularly rough year.
At the department’s request the young mother of four submitted a Christmas list of a few simple items for each of her children through The Shelter for Abused Women and Children. MIPD was given the family’s list and “went above and beyond to make this family’s Christmas spectacular” according to Danielle Mordaunt, of The Shelter for Abused Women & Children.
Once an intra-department email was sent out to members with the family’s list, items literally appeared within minutes. For example, a simple purse request from a teenage girl resulted in a the gift of a Coach purse to make her day a little brighter. A volleyball request was met with a volleyball, net and four other outdoor games with rackets and equipment as well. MIPD didn’t forget the mother, providing gifts to make her day easier and lift her spirits.
All tolled the items donated were estimated to be valued at over $1,000. MIPD Property/Evidence & Support Manager Brandy Hazel (and Department Elf), delivered the goodies to the Shelter. Hazel said she was overcome with emotion when she realized the positive impact that the Marco Island Police Department had made on one very special family during Christmas.