2017-12-07 / Community News

Saco PD spearheads two community projects

The Saco Police Department has partnered with two community service projects this winter – Socks for Seniors and Warm Hands, Warm Hearts – to bring warm clothing to local seniors, veterans, children and adults in the Saco/ Biddeford area.

Socks for Seniors is a nonprofit community service project that organizes, collects and distributes new socks for seniors in communities throughout the country. The Socks for Seniors program benefits those who live alone and in nursing homes, as well as seniors who are homeless.

Socks for Seniors has collection boxes located at Saco Police Department, 20 Storer St.; Saco City Hall, 300 Main St.; and the Parks and Recreation Community Center, 75 Franklin St. The Saco Police Department will distribute collected items to the Maine Veteran’s Home, local nursing homes and elderly housing facilities, as well as support homes for homeless seniors and veterans. They also donate any items received for children to Saco schools for distribution to families in need.

“We are excited to sponsor Socks for Seniors again this year. We had an overwhelming response last year and the recipients were thrilled and very thankful,” said Lori Angis of the Saco Police Department. “Seeing the smiles on the faces of the recipients is incredibly rewarding and now they look forward to our yearly visit. We are hoping to help even more community members this year by partnering with Warm Hands, Warm Hearts for the first time. These community service projects make a difference in people’s lives.”

The community service project, dubbed Warm Hands, Warm Hearts, is collecting new winter hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks. Warm Hands, Warm Hearts will distribute collected items to Caring Unlimited (a domestic abuse support organization), Saco schools and Saco Police Department to provide the items for people in need. The items the project collects through Union Church will also go to the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center.

Warm Hands, Warm Hearts has several collection boxes in Saco: Saco Bay Variety, 216 Beach St.; CIA Café, 9 Beach St.; Saco City Hall; Saco Police Department; and Saco Parks and Recreation Community Center. Items also can be dropped off before or after Sunday church services at Union Church in Biddeford, as well as at the Biddeford Pool Community Center.

According to the Center for American Progress, a public policy research group, more than 170,000 Mainers, and 16 percent of Maine children, are living in poverty.

“We’re hoping to offer a helping hand to our friends and neighbors this winter,” said Sharon Gaudin, Saco resident and Warm Hands, Warm Hearts organizer. “A new pair of mittens or a hat may not seem like a lot but it could mean a great deal to someone who would be cold without them this winter.”

The first collection deadline will be Dec. 20 to deliver the items before Christmas. However, the collection drive will continue throughout the winter.

For more information, visit www.sacomaine.org.

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