Police will carry the items in their cars to give to kids they encounter at crime scenes, or other traumatic events.
“The “Books and Bears” program is a wonderful example of how a small gesture can lead to great things – which is the essence of community policing,” Mayor Warren stated. “When officers take the time during a busy and hectic event to acknowledge the presence of young children, they are showing those children that they are not invisible, that they matter, and that we care about them. I want to thank the Reliant Community Credit Union, its members, and all the people who contributed to this campaign for supporting this wonderful program. These gifts will make a huge impact in the lives of our most vulnerable children.”
“At Reliant, giving back to the communities we serve is a big part of who we are, and “Books and Bears” is a great example of a program that gives back to those who are at the heart of our communities – children and families,” Pamela Heald, president and chief executive officer of Reliant Community Credit Union, stated. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with this worthwhile program, and we were glad to be able to offer Reliant’s branches as locations where the community could come together to make a difference.”
Reliant kicked off the campaign with a $1,000 donation to the program in October, and the credit union began accepting the donations at each of its nine area branches, which city officials collected earlier this week.
Visit www.cityofrochester.gov/booksandbears to view photos from the drive, or for additional information regarding the program.