The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York (PBA) continued its tradition of spreading joy to needy families in the form of hundreds of toys to needy families of Far Rockaway, Queens and Brownsville, Brooklyn and a holiday party and hot food to needy families in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
The first PBA toy delivery of the day was at the Church of the Nazarene in Far Rockaway which was devastated and still feels the effects of hurricane Sandy. Then it was off to the Brownsville Recreational Center where the union delivered toys where a ceremony was held before distributing the gifts to the children of the community. Later in the day, in conjunction with the Crown Heights Youth Collective, the PBA sponsored a holiday party with hot food in the gym of Medgar Evers College for sheltered families from Crown Heights.
PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said:
“The PBA’s support of communities in need is not widely known. Delivering toys to needy families is just one thing the PBA does to help. This union, which represents nearly 50,000 active and retired NYC police officers, supports organizations like the Police Athletic League, Community Mayor’s Association, the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Totscampaign, the NY Press Club Foundation and others too numerous to mention. And the PBA’s presence is also felt, but not necessarily seen, through its continual support for annual fund raising events like dinner dances and holiday functions particularly for the less fortunate through donations of toys, personal goods and meals at the holidays. Additionally, our members are active in their own home communities where they coach athletic teams for children, counsel youngsters, donate to worthy causes and contribute to community life in many other ways big and small.”