Cleveland Police Dispatcher Jennifer O’Malley could better be described as the Division’s own Easter Bunny. She recently had the idea to collect money and supplies to provide the children of the residents at the Edna House with Easter baskets for the upcoming holiday. Jennifer began with a post on her own Facebook page and got a tremendous response from her coworkers in Police radio. She then decided to expand her idea to include children of area shelters, which was a tall order, considering that one shelter alone was housing 50 kids!
Jennifer contacted Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeffrey Folmer who made her the promise that “no child will go without a basket” and gave her a $500.00 donation from the Union. Flyers were sent out to the districts and Cleveland Police officers and Cleveland Dispatchers donated money and basket supplies. Outside agencies, including the Edna House Alumni and the Cleveland Clinic’s Intercontinental Hotel made generous donations to the cause. Donations were also made by people from the community. The money and supplies collected will be enough to make about 120 Easter Baskets! Sergeant Robert Kumazec pledged the full support of the Cops and Kid’s program and has volunteers ready to assemble the baskets, along with the “real” Easter Bunny to assist with the deliveries!
The baskets will be passed out to the children of the residents of the Edna House and three other shelters. The baskets will be assembled by our Dispatchers and the volunteers from Cops and Kids Program tomorrow at St. Coleman’s Church located at W65/Madison tomorrow at noon.