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Christmas 2019

posted Jan 9, 2020, 8:39 PM by Joseph Gray

Once again it has been a blessed Christmas season. The Vandergrift Police Department were able to provide four families with Christmas dinners and Christmas gifts under the tree for some very deserving children.


In addition to the Adopt-a-family program the police department along with the help of Kiski Area East Primary Principle Marchand were able to give the school 500 pairs of new socks for students. 


On December 22nd a donor came into the police station with a monetary gift and it was explained that the gifts and meals had already been bought and given away, and there was no need for the money at this time. The generous donor still insisted on giving the money for helping the community in the future. December 23rd Officers were dispatched to the area of the railroad tracks in East Vandergrift, where officers found a young man from out of state walking along the tracks, waiting on relatives from Texas to come to Pennsylvania to pick him up the next day, Christmas Eve. Officers tried repeatedly to reach out to different groups to get a meal and a place for the young man to stay for the night with negative results. In addition to being hungry and not having a place to stay. The Males shoes were falling off of his feet due to poor condition. One of the officers on scene made a call and was able to gain access to the money that had been given the day before by the generous donor. The Officer then made arrangements with a local motel to put him up for the night and also provided him a meal. The officer then went to the Dollar General and bought him a pair of boots so he would have something decent to walk in.   


“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”


Fred Rogers


Thank you to the following generous businesses, organizations, families and anonymous donors.


J.V. Rigging Inc.

Beneficial & Brotherly Love Society

First Catholic Slovak Ladies Assoc. J126

HeadLine Hair Salon

1st Baptist Church Vandergrift

1st United Methodist Church Vandergrift

Dunmire – Kerr & Rowe Funeral Home, Inc

Council President Kathy Chvala & Family

Councilman Lenny Collini & Family

G n G Restaurant

Tees n Tops

A.J.’s Restaurant

Brenda Gray & Kelly Gray

Linda Toy

Emily Saxion & Family

Denise Lewandowski – George & Family

David and Marilee Kessler & Family

Bill & Marie Knotaitis

Diane Larrieu

Theresa Geltz & Family

Debbie Spiher & Family

Chris and Ashleigh & Family

Supansic Family


Thank you once again for your generosity in making the world a better place. Have a healthy and safe 2020


From the Vandergrift Police Department…


Joseph Gray,
Jan 9, 2020, 8:39 PM