NFTA Transporter

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

NFTA Police Brighten the Holidays for Needy Children

Pictured from left:  Officers Justin Glodowski, Dina Bigham,
Marissa Mauro and Lt. Michael Davies
Once again this Christmas, members of the NFTA Transit Police and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County teamed up to make the holidays a little brighter for four local, needy families comprising of 19 children. 
As a unit, members of the department collected over $3,000 by making a donation so they could grow beards over November and December.  In addition, Lake Shore Savings contributed an additional $1,000 toward the endeavor. 

Working with BBBSEC staff, the officers purchased items from lists provided by the families for gifts they did not have the ability to provide to their individual families.  Each family also received a $200 gift card to purchase their Christmas dinner.  Santa’s special “decked out” police car, a vintage 1985 Dodge Diplomat was used to lead the way to the families’ homes.  

George W. Gast, NFTA Police Chief said, “I am extremely proud of the members of the department for their collective support and participation with Big Brothers and Big Sisters to help make the holidays a happy time for kids who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the holidays as much.”   

“We are so grateful to the NFTA Transit Police Department for providing holiday gifts to these four families involved in our program for a third year,” shared Thomas Guagliardo, CEO of BBBSEC. “What makes the donation extra special is that the officers not only collected the funds, but took personal time to shop for each child. They are giving these children a holiday experience they will likely never forget.”

As a result of the officers placing the needs of these families ahead of their own, both parties experienced a happier, more meaningful Christmas this year.  And really, isn’t that what it’s all about.