Thursday, December 20, 2012
SC State University Campus Police hosted their first Stuff-A-Patrol Car for Christmas Campaign, which ran from Nov. 15, 2012 through Dec. 14, 2012. The Stuff-A-Patrol Car event attracted several members from the University family and community to the K.W. Green Student Center’s Plaza, where a University Patrol car and members of campus police awaited to receive items.
“The Stuff-A-Patrol Car initiative was designed to provide toys and non-perishable items to a non-profit organization, CASA/Family Systems, who work closely with the local police departments throughout the year,” stated Sgt. Yolanda Mathis, coordinator of the initiative.
SC State’s interim chief of Police Mernard Clarkson applauded Sgt. Mathis for her efforts in the campaign. “When Sgt. Mathis first approached me with the idea I was supportive and pledge 100 percent support of the agency. I was delighted as we chose CASA/Family Systems as the recipient of these donations because of what they do for our communities and the lives they touch and inspire every day,” said Clarkson. “I hope that these items serve as a special gift to those they serve not just on Christmas Day but, throughout the year. I would also like to thank all those who gave during this campaign and the University family that supported this cause.”
The initiative also garnered much support from the community to include the donating of several items from the Rowesville Police Department. A total of approximately 230 items were donated to CASA Family Systems. “On behalf of the board of directors, staff and volunteers here at CASA/Family Systems we would like to thank the SC State University family for their generous gift of Christmas toys and food for the women and children residing in our shelter this holiday season,” said Labrena Aiken Furtick, deputy director for CASA/Family Systems. “With South Carolina currently ranked #2 for the number of women murdered by their current or intimate partners, now more than ever, your generosity is helping our community change for the better. CASA/Family Systems is committed to serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by shedding light on the issue,” she continued.