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"Blessing Box" set up to help those in need

Posted at 11:43 AM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 17:19:41-05

ABERDEEN, Md. — The Aberdeen Police Department has a new “Blessing Box” at the police station to help those in need.

It is a place where people can leave donated goods for others to pick up anonymously- everything from non-perishable food to personal care items. It is in the police station lobby and will be accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Blessing Box was the idea of Officer Cory Lightner. After proposing the idea to his patrol sergeant, it was decided the shift would pitch in and purchase the necessary supplies to build and paint the box together.

Sergeant Rick Clark unveiled the box at a monthly staff meeting with the saying, “Take What You Need, Leave What You Can.”

The Aberdeen Police Department encourages individuals, community groups, or businesses to drop off items that may fill an immediate need of one of our neighbors. The library and Festival Park attract lots of children to the area of the station. Snacks and other food items will be available to those kids who might need some food or a drink.

The Aberdeen Police Department is located at 60 N. Parke Street in Aberdeen.