Harvey Cedars Police Collecting Books for Children

Feb 13, 2019
Courtesy of: Harvey Cedars Police Department Officer Kevin Snow, Chief Robert Burnaford and Officer Ben Mrozinski

The Harvey Cedars Police Department recently established a foundation to raise funds for local charitable causes.

As its first project, the department is collecting new and gently used books at the police station for children up to grade 12 through Thursday, Feb. 28. Donations can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’re doing this to encourage young minds to pick up a book and read,” said Police Chief Robert Burnaford.

Donations will go to Long Beach Island Branch of the Ocean County County Library in Surf City and the “Kids Need to Read” program.

“Our goal is to have the books made available for the children for ‘Read Across America 2019,’” said Burnaford. “We hope to make this a yearly event to foster healthy brain development, a love of reading and the literacy skills critical for school success. We want to thank people who are helping us make a difference in the community.”

Burnaford said the foundation could also help sponsor scholarships.

“We’re still in the process of organizing, but hopefully we’ll be able to come up with various projects throughout the year,” he said.  —E.E.  

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