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Benevolence in Bridesburg

Alex Korn, 15, and his fel­low Scouts with a truck full of wrapped gifts they de­livered to fam­il­ies at Kens­ing­ton’s Vis­it­a­tion Homes. PHOTO COUR­TESY OF ALEX KORN

In two sep­ar­ate acts of good­will and kind­ness, Brides­burg loc­als are a true ex­ample of the spir­it of the hol­i­days.

Cops help loc­al kids snag free toys at Tar­get
Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment of­ficers got to shop with chil­dren for their most-wanted toys as part of the “Her­oes & Help­ers” pro­gram, held at Tar­get, 2701 Castor Ave., on Dec. 11.

“It was won­der­ful,” said Of­ficer Tina Wil­lis of the 24th Dis­trict. “It was ac­tu­ally a great ex­per­i­ence for the chil­dren.”

About 20 chil­dren from loc­al schools, in­clud­ing Web­ster Ele­ment­ary School, St. George School and St. Lucy Day School for Chil­dren with Visu­al Impair­ments were in­vited to par­ti­cip­ate in the spe­cial event.

Tar­get provided one $50 gift cer­ti­fic­ate per child, each of whom got to walk up and down the aisles of the store with a po­lice of­ficer as they chose their free gifts.

“They picked a lot of Bar­bies and dif­fer­ent ac­tion fig­ures,” Wil­lis said. “Just to see some of the smiles on the chil­dren’s faces was won­der­ful.”

The stu­dents ranged from kinder­garten age to those in third grade, and in­cluded two 13-year-olds as well.

Of­ficer Wil­lis was joined by of­ficers Laurie Carter and Bri­an How­ell of the 24th Dis­trict to help out with the event, which was the first of its kind, ac­cord­ing to Wil­lis.

“We do know that there are a lot of chil­dren in the 24th po­lice dis­trict dur­ing this time of the year that don’t have a lot,” Wil­lis said. “There are a lot of par­ents that can’t provide for their chil­dren due to whatever cir­cum­stances.”

The event will also hope­fully go to­wards es­tab­lish­ing friend­ship between these kids and the loc­al po­lice de­part­ment, Wil­lis said.

“We wanted to show that we’re there to help them out,” she con­tin­ued. “We love to do whatever we can do for our youth.” ••

Brides­burg Boy Scout lends a hand in Kens­ing­ton
Brides­burg teen and Troop 120 Life Scout Alex Korn, 15, com­pleted his Eagle Scout pro­ject over the week­end by donat­ing gifts to less for­tu­nate fam­il­ies at a nearby shel­ter.

“It’s to make them feel spe­cial, just that someone’s look­ing out for them,” Korn told Star.

Korn, in 10th grade at Frank­lin Towne Charter High School, passed out the gifts with his fel­low Boy Scouts from Troop 120 on Sat­urday. They’ve been col­lect­ing gifts from friends and neigh­bors for the past two months.

On Sat­urday morn­ing, the scouts wrapped the gifts be­fore bring­ing them to Vis­it­a­tion Homes, 2638 Kens­ing­ton Ave., a shel­ter for home­less moth­ers.

“Es­sen­tially, it’s just be­cause they’re chil­dren and its Christ­mas time,” Korn said of the mo­tiv­a­tion for the pro­ject. “I couldn’t even ima­gine what it would be to just be on your own and not have any­thing, it’s ter­rible.”

Korn, who plans even­tu­ally to at­tend col­lege and pur­sue em­ploy­ment with the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment, said the pro­ject was one of many char­it­able works that he, his moth­er and uncle came up with on a re­turn trip from sum­mer camp earli­er this year.

They also pro­posed hold­ing a Thanks­giv­ing din­ner for the hungry, or check­ing that neigh­bors had prop­erly in­stalled smoke de­tect­ors in their homes, be­fore de­cid­ing on a toy drive.

“We figured since it’s get­ting close to Christ­mas and these kids don’t have any­thing, they’d prob­ably be­ne­fit the most from it,” Korn said. ••

Re­port­er Sam Ne­w­house can be reached at 215-354-3124 or at sne­w­house@bsmphilly.com.

You can reach at snewhouse@bsmphilly.com.

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