Brooksville Police Help Struggling Families Buy Christmas Gifts, Detective Says “This is the part we love”
BROOKSVILLE – It’s hard enough for a single parent to juggle one or more jobs, cook, clean, help with homework, and still find time to tuck the kids in bed at night. And as the Holiday season approaches, being able to afford Christmas gifts can be a struggle and for some families, if not impossible. But thanks to the Brooskville Police Department and some kindhearted donors, a few local families will be able see make their children’s Christmas a little brighter.
Detective Tracey Schofield runs the Police and Kids Foundation, a local non-profit organization that helps children in need.
On Sunday, RNRF met with Schofield at the Brooksville Walmart on US-41, where he and several of his fellow officers assisted the chosen families in picking out gifts.
Schofield says, “Hopefully this will make it a little bit better for some of the parents who need help this year.” Schofield went on to explain why Community Policing is so important to every community, if not more important than fighting crime. “Contrary to what people believe, this should be our normal activity of helping and serving our community,” Says Schofield. “This the part that we love, this is what makes you smile, this is what makes you come back tomorrow,” he explained.
One of the donors, St. Petersburg attorney, Chandler Irvin of Irvin and Petty P.A. says, “My law partner and I both know what it’s like to have tough times around Christmas. I hope to give a kid a Christmas they might not otherwise have. If it takes a little bit of pressure off someone, somewhere, then it’s job well done.”
Brooksville City Councilwoman, Natalie Kahler stopped by to lend helping hand and she says, “I’m just super excited to support our police department as they support our community. This is one of the things that makes our department so special”
Rachel Fiscuis, struggled to fight back the tears as she explained how much she appreciated the foundation’s assistance. “I have two children, six and nine, and this helps a lot – A whole not,” says Rachel. She goes on to explain how hard it is as a single mother to make ends meet, especially during this time of the year.
Rachel was able to purchase both her children bicycles, in addition to other gifts.
In all, Det. Schofield says they were able to help purchase gifts for 62 children in Pinellas Park and Brooksville.
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