Good tidings with joy and respect.
That could have been an appropriate theme for a brief yet impressive ceremony at 1010 Hartford Ave. in Johnston.
On a recent sunny morning, a number of JPD vehicles converged on Tony DeQuattro Way and immediately parked next to a long trailer that houses the highly important Operation Stand Down Food Supply Cupboard.
Led by Johnston Police Chief Joseph P. Razza and Deputy Chief Mark A. Vieira, officers were joined by OSDRI staffers led by Executive Director Erik B. Wallin and began unloading boxes upon boxes of perishable food.
“We were honored to recently present Operation Stand Down Rhode Island with $3,000 worth of gift cards, food and supply donations,” said Vieira. “The Johnston Police officers raised $1,500 participating in No-Shave November, which was matched in kind by the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 307.”
As Vieira later emphasized: “Our officers, some of whom are veterans, understand how important service is, and we have an enormous amount of respect for our service members. We’re extremely proud to assist Operation Stand Down and their mission to assist homeless and at-risk veterans.”
Vieira also wanted it known: “It’s very important for us to give back to the community, and to help bring joy to veterans families, especially during the holidays.”
Meanwhile, Wallin said: “Operation Strand Down Rode Island is immensely grateful for the generous donation of the Johnston Police Department and their union Local 307. The men and women of the JPD and their union (have contributed) over $3,000 as well as food to help meet the basic human needs of struggling veterans here in Johnston and across the state.”
After issuing thanks to each and every JPD officer, Wallin added: “We are humbled by the continued support of those who already put so much of themselves on the line each day, but still are inspired to give more to help at-risk veterans in the community.”
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