The Charles Harker Post 143 of the American Legion, located on Maple Street in Bristol, has stepped up in a big way to support the Bristol Police Department in its annual “Yuletide Officers for Youth” program.
At the November meeting of the Bristol Town Council, Pete Owens, commander of Post 143, presented Marshal Michael Swallow with two checks to be used in purchasing Christmas gifts and other items for needy children of the Bristol area. A check for $1,143 was presented on behalf of the Sons of the American Legion and a check for $1,430 came from the members of the American Legion.
On December 13 all members of the Bristol police force, including reserves, will take 20 to 30 Bristol youth to the Meijer store in Dunlap. Each child will be accompanied by at least one officer. Transportation to the store and back will be provided courtesy of Cardinal Bus Lines in Middlebury.
When the shopping is completed, the police officers and young people will return to the American Legion for a party, which will include pizza obtained from Chicago’s Downtown Eatery in Bristol. The Women’s Auxiliary of the Legion will host the event, provide drinks, and Santa (Tom Russell of Russell Products) will be on hand to greet and give out a stocking to each child.