Kids in the Cops & Kids Adventures program will be collecting for Darien Human Services Department’s Household Goods Closet from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 from at Palmer’s Market and Stop and Shop on Heights Road.
The Household Goods Closet was established to supplement Human Service clients’ food budget. It is stocked with laundry soap, paper goods, cleaning products, personal hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand soap and other sundries.
— an announcement from the Darien Cops and Kids program
Most of the goods are donated or are paid for through the Human Service Gifts and Donations Fund. Recognizing that household goods take a big bite out of a food budget, Social Services opened the Household Goods Closet in an effort to allow their clients to purchase more food, rather than household items. Human Services clients are limited to Darien residents.
The Darien Cops & Kids Adventures program is beginning its 8th year; the first three years the program were funded by a grant from the State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management, and written by Officer T. Courtney Isaac.
The grant funding can only be acquired for a maximum of three years for this program. Due to the great success of the program, the Darien Police Department and The Depot have continued the program; this year funding provided by the Town of Darien.
The Cops & Kids Adventures program runs during the school year from September through to May, and unites police officers and middle school aged students on ‘’adventures’’ and community outreach projects.
The outreach projects have consisted of supply drives for Darien Human Services and providing free smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors for residents in need. For more information on how to donate to the Household Goods Closet, call 203-656-7328