Friday, December 22, 2006

Giving 'code' helpful to kids in Suisun City

Excerpted from Vacaville Reporter
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Reporter Staff Report
Dozens of Suisun City children will enjoy a brighter Christmas this year thanks to Code Kid, a new program developed by the Suisun City Police Department and a private security firm.

The nonprofit program has gathered donations of new toys and bicycles from residents, local businesses and charitable efforts of various government agencies, including the California Highway Patrol's "CHIPS for Kids" program.

Today, officers will hit the streets to distribute 20 bikes and numerous gifts to children in families identified as needing extra help to make Christmas bright this year. In one case, five children from a single family will receive bikes and gifts.

"This is really what working with the community is all about," said Commander Ed Dadisho. "Christmas is a tough time for a lot of families.

If we can help reduce that stress and show the kids and their parents that we care about them, it's a great win-win for everyone."

Code Kid was the brainchild of David Silva, owner of First Cavalry Security, and Officer Andrew White, Suisun City's school resource officer. The pair was working together on a community policing program when they saw a need to build stronger bonds between youth, the police and the community.

"Our goal from the outset was to find a way to provide some assistance for kids in need," White said.

Since August, Code Kid has collected donations and working with local schools, government agencies and community members to identify children who could benefit from a little extra generosity.

Though the major Christmas gift delivery is taking place today, Code Kid will continue to receive donations throughout the year to support children in need and reward youth who are caught doing the right thing.

Anyone wishing to support Code Kid may contact Officer White at 435-5845.

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