Cozy kids

Wright State police officers, from left David Sumra, Jacob Cooper and Zach Norman donated dozens of winter items to students at Mini University.

Wright State University police officers donated dozens of hats, scarfs and mittens to help children at Mini University stay warm this winter.

“They were super excited because there are a lot of kids that may not have the proper winter attire,” said Kurt Holden, director of public safety.

The items were attached to a “Mitten Tree,” which is a holiday tree at Mini University that encourages people to donate winter items. Families affiliated with Mini University are able to grab what they need for their children.

Wright State officers have been visiting Mini U to build relationships with the child learning center and its students. During a recent visit, officers noticed the tree was bare.

“The team decided to get together and give them the donations they need for the winter,” said Holden. “This was great because it allowed us to continue to connect with MiniU but also serve and fill a need.”

Holden said one of the goals of the Police Department is to find areas where officers can serve the public.

“All that we want to do is continue to find ways to connect with our community and give back,” he said. “We’re public servants, and if we’re not out there serving then we are failing.”

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