The Cops & Kids Adventures group will conduct a charity drive over the next few weeks. This group of 19 kids, ages 11 to 15, and 10 Darien police officers was organized through a Juvenile Justice grant in order to combine Darien kids and police officers in several community outreach programs and fun adventures over the course of the 2011-2012 school year.

The intention of the charity drive is to collect needed household items for donating to Darien's Department of Social Services, which is in need of the following items: paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, laundry soap, dryer sheets, hand pump soap, bath soap, dish soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, bath room spray cleaner, kitchen spray cleaner and Windex.

Donation boxes, colorfully designed by the kids and police officers, have been placed at the Darien Police Department, Town Hall, the library, high school and middle school. People who wish to assist with the charity drive are encouraged to place donations in one of these boxes.

For more information on this group or the charity drive contact Janice Marzano at the Depot, detective Mark Cappelli or motor officer Court Isaac at the Darien Police Department.

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