AVON, Ohio — Avon Police Officer Chuck Lavelle has spent his life protecting and serving.
First, in the Navy, then as a Cleveland Police Officer and now as a police officer in Avon.
He's made a career of helping others.
“It makes everybody feel good,” said Lavelle.
As a police officer, Lavelle has witnessed things that most people will never see.
“It makes it a lot better than I can give back to those people,” added Lavelle.
Three years ago, Lavelle started serving the community by collecting items need by local charities. Since then, his passion to help has grown.
This year, Lavelle and his wife organized three Blessing Trees.
The trees went up at local Lorain County businesses.
The ornaments on the trees were items needed by organizations that help those in need.
“Clothing for small children, small games for kids, coats, hats, gloves, basic needs really,” said Lavelle.
The community response was overwhelming.
“It’s very humbling to see what the community is willing to donate,” he said.
Lavelle and his team of elves were able to help Community Resource Services in Avon Lake, Blessing House and Valor Home both in Lorain.
“I’m trying to show people we do care, all year long,” he said.