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Richmond Heights safety forces help those in need this holiday season

Posted at 9:52 PM, Dec 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-08 21:52:08-05

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Richmond Heights police officers and firefighters teamed up to help those in need this holiday season. Residents responded with food, clothes and toys for those in need of holiday cheer.

The agencies took part in “Fill A Cruiser, Fill A Firetruck,” on Saturday and with the help of residents, they did just that.

They collected food donations for the food pantry at Span Ministries. “I know a lot of times you want to fill pantries for the community at large. This is our community and there are kids here in our community that definitely need some extra food,” said Lt. Denise DeBiase with the Richmond Heights Police Department.

DeBiase said because of the outpouring of support, the safety forces were able to fill the pantry with food.

They also collected clothes and toys to help make sure children have gifts to unwrap this holiday season.

“We’re excited to be able to welcome people from our community that can give back to those who need and are less fortunate,” said Jakecia C. Durham of SPAN Ministries.

Last year, SPAN Ministries collected food to send home with kids over spring break so students would not miss a meal they would normally get at school.