For the third year in a row the Burnsville Police Department will be giving back to the community it serves through its “12 Days of Christmas” program, in which the department and its officers give special gift bags to local families in need.
This now-yearly event started in 2015, and since then officers have raised several thousand dollars through donations from within the department and surrounding local businesses. The funds are then used to purchase gift cards and other items to brighten the holiday season for residents of the Burnsville Community.
Officers deliver these gifts during their regular patrols beginning December 12th and Ending December 23rd. The gift-giving will be documented on Twitter, so those that would like to follow along can take a peak there by following @BurnsvillePD.
There are two real objectives behind this event: The first is to help families with different beliefs, backgrounds, and cultures in need. The second is to develop and strengthen relationships between residents and the police officers that serve them. Burnsville Police Captain Jef Behnken touched on this point by saying, “Officers understand that contacts with police can be stressful, especially during critical times and around the holidays. This is an opportunity for police officers and the public to connect in a positive way.”
The Burnsville Police Department is thankful for all the officers involved and the following local businesses that made the event possible: Burnsville Lions Club, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Shippers Resource Center, Anchor
Bank, Cub Foods of Burnsville, and Dan Athmann of Thrivent Financial.
Above information found in this press release.