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Officers donate pool tokens to children
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McMinnville Police Department officers were caught in the act on Tuesday … of doing good deeds. Pictured, from left, are Lawrence Franklin, officer Justin Colwell, Calissa Deleon, officer Grant Mullican, Nevaeh Durant, Deivani Ramirez, Bentley Brown, field training officer Andy Aguilar, Giovani Cabreia, detective Katelyn Cannon, Andy Slatton, officer Toby Lewis, and Emma Wolfenbergen. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Kids will receive a free splash at Gilley Pool courtesy of McMinnville Police Department. 

Officers dropped off 159 Gilley Pool tokens to Kids of the Community on Tuesday. The gift is part of the Police Department’s commitment to the community it serves.

“These guys are always looking for ways to go above and beyond their job responsibilities,” said McMinnville Police Chief Nichole Mosley. “When they realize there’s a need in organizations, such as Kids of the Community, for donations like this one, that’s pretty much all it takes. They donate to it.” 

This is the third year the Police Department has provided a refreshing dip at the pool for the organization’s youngsters. Last year, after being told Kids of the Community was struggling to find funds for those purchases, officers opened their hearts and wallets to donate 100 pool passes.

Appreciation was expressed.

“We are so grateful for everything these officers do for us,” said Blair Fisher, program coordinator at Kids of the Community. “These kids are really excited by just the thought of getting to go to Gilley Pool. They work hard and we reward them. Today was community service day. We worked at various community service projects this morning to teach them the importance of community involvement. This evening, it’s free time. They’re really enjoying themselves.”

Fisher says the tokens will be given as a reward to those children who stand out with their actions and their character. 

Kids of the Community can be reached at 668-5437.