Cranston police, community partners host holiday party for children

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — The first annual community assistance holiday party in Cranston took place Saturday.

The event started at about 11 a.m. inside the Historic Park Theatre.

The Cranston Police Department joined forces with local nonprofit community organizations to host a holiday party for children and their families.

Dozens of families in need were connected to the police department by the Comprehensive Community Action Program to be a part of this event.

The holiday party featured food, drinks, and treats. The Dunkin’ Donuts on Sockanosset Cross Road donated doughnuts and doughnut decorating kits for the children.

Santa made a guest appearance at 11:30 a.m., and kids were able to get their photo taken with him. The families were greeted by another surprise guest, an off-duty Cranston police officer who was dressed as the Grinch.

Each child got to pick from a variety of donated toys, as well as a Walmart gift card for the parents.

A raffle for gifts also took place, the biggest prizes being bicycles and scooters.

“The interaction between police officers, children, and families cannot be overstated,” said Col. Michael Winquist. “We value any opportunity we can serve our residents.”

This year’s event was made possible by non-profit organizations such as Cranston Cares and CPD Cares.

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