By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — Students at Hillcrest Elementary School eagerly awaited the arrival of police officers and their cold weather apparel Nov. 30.
Officers arrived at the school, 7500 N. Vernon, with more than 200 sets of hats and gloves for students in kindergarten to fourth grade.
Donations were made possible from funds raised during No Shave Movember throughout the Police Department in November.
Women in the department were able to wear jeans and men allowed to grow facial hair for a $30 donation.
About $2,100 was raised which was use to purchase the hats and gloves for children.
“We are delighted that many of our young students will have some new gear to help them better cope with the cold weather,” Police Chief Lee Gavin said. “We are grateful to our officers for their generosity which made this program a success.”
Hillcrest Principal Diana Shahin was grateful when the Police Department reached out regarding the donation.
“The hats and gloves are such a kind act of generosity to help the students,” Shahin said. “It’s important to have a good relationship and collaborate with officers along with the community.”
She also delivered a message to students hoping that the donations will instill the same act of kindness from them.
“Every time you wear your hats and gloves I want you to remember that charity starts at home,” Shahin said. “We always have needs, so it’s important to be grateful for what the officers did.”
Fourth-grader Fatima Alquraishi, 10, and third-grader Sole White, 8, said they loved their sets and couldn’t wait to wear them.
“They are pretty hats and gloves,” Aquraishi said. “I was nervous when the police officers came, but now I’m excited.”
Police officers will also keep sets of gloves and hats in their patrol vehicles to hand out to children they see without cold weather apparel.
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