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Police, Kids Step Up To Help The Needy

Darien police officers Dan Skoumbros and T.J. Whyte delivered more than 200 winter coats to Person-to-Person on Tuesday morning. The coats were collected as part of the Darien Police Association's coat drive last week, and Skoumbros said he ended up with more coats than expected.

"I was surprised. The public really came in strong," he said. "We had a good amount that were coming in all week."

The coats were taken into the Person-to-Person's Clothing Center, a free "store" where people can come in and "shop" for shoes, clothing, linens and household goods. Kathleen Bordelon, director of volunteers, was absolutely thrilled by the amount of coats that the police brought in.

While the police were bringing in coats, Person-to-Person volunteer Don Brown was delivering food that had been donated by the Noroton Presbyterian Nursery School . The children at the nursery school donated more than 65 bags of nonperishable food for Person-to-Person's Food Pantry, which was delivered in Thanksgiving-themed boxes that the children decorated themselves.

"It's phenomenal, wonderful," Bordelon said. "It's just fabulous to get so much support from the community."

Skoumbros said that because of Darien's reputation as an affluent town, people don't realize how much need there really is. He said that police officers can see it when they go out and patrol the streets. "There are people in this town who need coats. People don't realize that," he said.

Whyte said, "It's great that our office can support the community that we work in and serve. And the community really stepped up as well. It's fantastic, especially around the holidays."

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