Malone Center and Lincoln Police partner up for surprise community giveaway
Lincoln Police and the Malone Community Center are getting in the holiday spirit, by giving thousands away randomly to the community.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)–Lincoln Police and the Malone Community Center are getting in the holiday spirit, by giving thousands away randomly to the community.
“Malone, was able to be the vessel to take the donations, then to be able to give to LPD, so that LPD could do more of the great service, go out there and give gifts; anonymous gifts to people to brighten up the days,” said Ishma Valenti, for Malone Community Center.
The Malone center sponsors the T.R.A.C.E committee who partnered with anonymous donors raising more than $50,000 to give back to the community and encourage better relationships with Lincoln Police.
The T.R.A.C.E committee that grew out of the hold cops accountable agreement this summer with LPD and Black leaders in Lincoln has worked on ways to add to the way that LPD serves the community.
Valenti says the goal is to serve around 170 families with about $300 in each surprise gift. Officers can choose at random in the community, giving to people they know are in need this month.
“It’s an opportunity to engage in conversation, said Chief Jeff Bliemeister, Lincoln Police. “Engaging conversation in a non-enforcement setting about what’s going on and these individuals lives. How do they perceive the assistance that has been provided in the past by the Lincoln Police Department? What can we do better?”
Each gift will come with an inspirational quote and helpful community resources. Officers and Malone center reps agreed to make this first-time event an annual one.