BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Christmas came early for kids at the Beatitude House on Monday night.
The Dispatchers of the Mahoning Valley set up a giving tree and collected presents for the children this year. On Monday, the kids came to the Boardman Police Department to meet Santa and open their gifts.
They also toured the station, checked out emergency equipment and met the people who donated to their wish lists.
“They’re going to meet a few officers, they’re going to meet a few firemen and they’re going to get to see kind of how an officer’s day goes. What they work out of in a cruiser and they’re going to see the dispatch room. They’re going to get to see how a dispatcher answers 911,” Boardman Police dispatcher William Wainio said.
The goal is to build a relationship between kids and law enforcement, especially in light of recent headlines about police distrust.
The Dispatchers of the Mahoning Valley has been around for two years and is dedicated to helping youth in the area. In the spring, the organization held a car show to collect school supplies for the Beatitude House.