Providence police help 20 families provide gifts for their families through Christmas initiative

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Providence Police Department held its “Miracle on Washington Street” Christmas initiative Saturday.

Twenty families were selected through the initiative to provide parents in need with Christmas presents for their children.

After checking in, parents were given tickets to be used as currency for presents for a “store” that was set up at the Public Safety Complex.

Parents were then assigned to an officer who escorted them to an auditorium where they retrieved their pre-determined gifts.

After going to the auditorium, parents were brought upstairs to the store, where they exchanged their tickets for additional gifts.

Some of the gifts were items that children had on their wish list.

“We take pride in protecting and serving, but we also take pride in giving,” said Commander Oscar Perez. “And there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a family with a smile or a child with a smile doing this this holiday season.”

The event was run by Tina Shepard, the Office of the Public Safety Commissioner’s Community Engagement Specialist.

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