Media Advisory: December 20, 2012
Contact: Paige Patterson-Hughes, Communications Director, (954) 410-3931
Child Protective Investigators Helping to Make the Holidays Brighter For Children in Broward County
Investigators providing gifts to deserving children
BROWARD COUNTY – The Child Protective Investigations Section’s (CPIS) “Angel Tree” is helping to make the holidays brighter for more than 200 deserving children by wrapping and delivering the holiday surprises to children throughout Broward County.
CPIS, which is part of the Broward Sheriff’s Office and contracts with the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to conduct investigations into allegations of abuse, neglect or abandonment involving children in Broward County, is in its second year of the annual holiday toy drive for our county’s children in need.
“Much of what our investigators handle on a daily basis involves some kind of trauma or alleged trauma involving children,” said CPIS Commander James Harn. “It’s a difficult job, and our investigators take their jobs to heart. This gift drive is one of the ways in which we can give something back to the children in our community who are so deserving of something good, especially during the holiday season.”
To raise money for the gift drive, CPIS employees held bake sales and did face painting at area events, as well as securing donations from individuals and local businesses, including Partner For Promise Toys “R” Us, which provided $1,200 toward the purchase of toys. Due to their efforts, CPIS will be able to provide gifts for 246 children with whom they have come into contact during their investigations this year.
Media are invited to attend and photograph the gift-wrapping event today at the CPIS office at 359 North State Road 7 in Plantation. CPIS Lt. Brad Ostroff and Harn will be available to speak with and assist the media.