A Field Trip to the Police Department: Giving Thanks, Lending Support, & Showing Love

 “Children are great imitators.  So give them something great to imitate.”
 
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A couple weeks back I shared a little bit about how we benefit from a Minimalist/Montessori lifestyle, which includes the occasional purging of unnecessary items.  In addition to donating clothing and toys, we see this as an opportunity to donate non-perishable food items to those who are in need of these basic essentials.  Our local police department has an annual goal in pounds and they enlist the help of the community they serve in meeting this goal.  

We come from a long line of public servants, some of whom rarely spend a full holiday with their families so that they may instead protect and care for their whole community and its occupants, whether that means working days, nights, weekends, or a combination of the three.  Since these are also the folks we rely on to safeguard and care for our family in the event we need anything, we want to show our appreciation and support for all that they do, as well as contribute to the overall health of our community.  So we gathered all the non-perishable items we set aside a couple weeks ago and headed over to our local police department.

Our daughter has already had various opportunities to interact with local law enforcement, as they are very generous with their time.  She has participated in Disaster Preparedness community outreach and holiday activities with police officers volunteering their time at the local library.  They are always very gracious to children in our community.  They often distribute coloring books and other age-appropriate educational resources to support the invaluable instruction they are providing to the public.  Our daughter shows a lot of interest in these kinds of materials and, in my opinion, it’s likely to be more meaningful than some of the kids items you’ll see in the dollar bin at any store.  

After our daughter placed her canned goods in the donation bin, she received a picture of a police officer to color and return so that it may be hung in the department.  She seemed pretty happy with the whole experience.  I am happy that we are able to contribute to our community and say thank you to some folks that tend to quietly work in the background, serving others and keeping everyone safe, while we enjoy the holiday season with friends and family.

By the way, these kinds of treasures can be also be found at other local, state, and federal agencies.  Our daughter has some pretty awesome coloring materials right now from Fish & Wildlife and Dept. of Agriculture.  Check them out with your preschooler!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!!