Christmas came early for some Wilkinsburg children thanks to local law enforcement agents.
Members of the Constable4kids program, made up of Pennsylvania state constables, played Santa Dec. 15 to nearly 200 children. This good deed program allows constables to give back to the Wilkinsburg community.
Completely funded by constables, the Constable4Kids program aims to provide some comfort to those parents who, because of legal troubles, may not be able to provide gifts for their children.
“Unfortunately, in our line of work our duties include serving warrants that most likely carry fines. Some families may be losing their homes due to evictions,” said Constable Lonzo Boyce Sr. “We just wanted to be of help for families who may be dealing with stress and grief.”
This is the program’s inaugural year assisting families. In September, the constables purchased backpacks and other school supplies for Wilkinsburg youth. Boyce, along with deputies Marvin Carter, Lawrence Taylor, and Steven Wright, purchased the toys from local stores including Big Lots, Family Dollar and Five Below. The doors opened at noon and by 2 p.m., the last toy was going out of the door.
“The parents were grateful and happy about what we’re doing for the kids,” says Boyce. “We received lots of thank yous, and the smiles on the kids’ faces make it all worth while.”