HAZARD — The Hazard Police Department (HPD) Support Group is taking a new approach in helping the homeless and those affected by violent crimes. The Support Group is creating Care Kits; these care kits will contain necessities for those in need. The kits will be handed out by HPD officers.
HPD said the idea came to Mandi Dishner, wife of HPD Maj. Russell Dishner, after she witnessed Frankfort Police Department start a similar program. Mandi approached Cheif Minor Allen last week. The idea then steamrolled into the program it is now.
The care kits will be stored in HPD officers’ patrol cruisers and will be handed out by HPD officers to those in need. HPD hopes these care kits will provide some comfort to those in need.
HPD has a list of items that will be accepted for donations. These items include combs or brushes, toothbrushes, dental floss, soap, hand sanitizer, small packages of tissue, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, lip balm, socks, snack food packages such as crackers, granola, and cookies, gallon sized plastic bags, and clean blankets.
Donations can be dropped off at HPD anytime throughout the week.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald. He can be reached at 606-629-3245.