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BPD assists HABD with holiday toy and coat deliveries in public housing communities

The Birmingham Police Department’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP) division visited several communities on December 17, 2020 within the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) to deliver donated toys and coats to those in need.

In early December, HABD announced its Operation Give Back to collect toy and coat donations and CSP joined in the effort to collect donations.

“It is an awesome feeling to be able to bring joy to the children in the housing developments all throughout the city of Birmingham,” Captain Shelia Finney said. “The year has been a trying one for all of us, and to just be able to provide coats and toys to those children, my favorite word is priceless.”

The officers started deliveries in Mark’s Village in the Gate City neighborhood.

“With COVID on the rise, I’m just happy to be able to do a great thing like this and give back,” Officer Cameron Jones said.

After distributing gifts at Mark’s Village, the officers moved on to other communities, including: Harris Homes, Morton Simpson, Tom Brown, Collegeville and North Birmingham.

“It feels amazing to be able to give back to the community and do a little community policing and just help families out during this Christmas season,” Officer Harry Long said.

The rest of the housing communities will receive gifts next week.

“I just want to tell everyone who donated to the HABD coat and toy drive: ‘Thank you so much for blessing us to bless the housing community,'” Capt. Finney said.