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52 Children Receive Holiday Gifts, Thanks To Suffolk Recruits

Maureen Mullarkey
The Patch

BRENTWOOD, NY — An annual project for Suffolk County Sheriff’s correction officer recruit class has brought smiles to more than 50 children.

As part of their curriculum,52 recruits collected and delivered toys and winter coats to Long Island Head Start in Brentwood, a non-profit organization that supports children’s growth and development in a positive learning environment.

In addition, the recruits donated enough presents for 52 children who are served by the organization. These presents include educational and fun toys and warm winter coats for boys and girls aged 2 to 5.

As part of the curriculum, Community Service Initiative, all new recruits develop and participate in a community service project.

The initiative was implemented in 2013 to emphasize to new officers the importance of giving back to the residents they serve.

Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr. said in a statement that he is proud of his newest Correction Officers.

“Community Service is a huge part of what we do at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office," said Toulon. "I am proud of the hard work of these 52 Recruits in making sure that Suffolk County’s youngest residents enjoy a warm and festive holiday season.”

Long Island Head Start serves thousands of children and their families each year in over 20 licensed Head Start and Early Head Start centers throughout Suffolk County.

To learn more about Long Island Head Start, click here.