During the holiday season, the Marion Police Brotherhood provides an opportunity for children of the community to meet face to face with Santa. The Marion Police Brotherhood provides this free of charge to all families alike. The event, which ran from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on December 5 at the Marion Music Hall, provided free slices of cheese pizza to over 125 guests, allowing families to meet and greet the big man from the “North Pole.”
The Marion Police Brotherhood and its members recognize the need to support local charities and organizations and provide children and their families with support in the Holiday Season. During the Pizza with Santa event, the Marion Police Brotherhood collected new and unwrapped toys for the Justice Resource Institute, a local nonprofit organization that provides intensive foster care and adoption programs for children and adolescents in our community. In years past, the Marion Police Brotherhood has donated the collected toys to these local charities and organizations. 2015 was the biggest so far!
During the Pizza with Santa event, The Marion Police Brotherhood was able to “Stuff a Cruiser” with toys donated from the generous support of many members of the community, in addition to an extremely generous donation from a local resident. The Marion Police Brotherhood was able to provide the Justice Resource Institute with a substantial donation! During the course of the year, the Marion Police Brotherhood receives monetary donations, which allows the Marion Police Brotherhood to provide these free events and donations to the community.
The Marion Police Brotherhood will hand off all of the collected new and unwrapped toys to the Justice Resource Institute on Wednesday, December 9 at approximately 3:45 pm, and we invite residents of the community, local media and television stations to be present. Many members of the Marion Police Brotherhood will be on-hand to support the Justice Resource Institute.
The Marion Police Brotherhood would like to thank Chief Lincoln Miller and Lieutenant John Garcia for their continued support. They would also like to thank Marion Recreation Department Director Jodi Dickerson and its staff, Marion Town Administrator Paul Dawson, all of the Marion town hall employees, Todd and Erin Zell of the BrewFish restaurant, Tami Daniels of the Marion Music Hall, Gary Grainger, and to all who donated not only at this great event, but throughout the year.