Guelph Police Services
November 18, 2020
The Adopt-a-Family program is a festive tradition for members of the Guelph Police Service (GPS). The tradition started in 2004 at a platoon level and, in 2005, it quickly grew to an organization-wide initiative which they have come to call “The Cops & Kids Christmas Campaign.” Over the years, GPS has helped make Christmas brighter for over 150 families.
"Every year, as Adopt-A-Family gears up, I'm so happy to connect with Tricia Agocs, the liaison for the Guelph Police Services," says Karyn Kirkwood, Program Director for Adopt-A-Family. "GPS always goes above and beyond, adopting so many families and doing an incredible job in collecting the gift items and grocery cards that bring so much joy at Christmas. Our team considers them one of our special Holiday Heroes and we love having them in our corner to bring hope and joy every year."
Like so many other parts of 2020, GPS's approach to fundraising for their Adopt-a-Family donation drive needed to adapt due to Covid-19. But that doesn’t mean their fundraising lost momentum! Although face-to-face meetings and group events weren’t possible this year, the Cops & Kids program didn’t skip a beat; they hosted online meetings, collected money from members electronically, and celebrated another very successful campaign!
"Members of the Guelph Police Service are proud to work together as an organization to share our compassion and generosity with the community," says Sergeant Bradley Saint of the GPS. "The annual campaign has been successful year after year because we care about kids and we love the idea of bringing some holiday sparkle to families in our community in need of support.This program allows us to spread joy within our community year after year."
The Children's Foundation was pleased to recognize the Guelph Police Services as Visionary donors at the 2019 Around the World Gala. Their generous support over the years has put smiles on the faces of hundreds of children on Christmas morning and we are truly grateful.
Sergeant Bradley Saint, Tricia Agocs and Chief Gord Cobey accepting the Visionary recognition plaque
from Karyn Kirkwood, Adopt-A-Family Program Director at the CFGW Gala 2019.