IMPD’s social services sweep provides hundreds of toys, meals to near east side residents

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Metro police say a social services sweep on the city’s near east side was a success Tuesday.

The objective of the “Operation New Normal” sweep was to promote public safety and crime prevention through quality of life enhancement.

“The success yesterday is best measured by the joy and gratitude expressed by the people of the community we served and on the faces of the children who, many for the first time, got to meet Santa,” said Lt. Brian Churchill. “The numbers also tell the story of what was accomplished.”

Officers say Gleaners Food Bank provided over 300 meals that will feed a family of four for a week. Santa Clause met and provided toys to an estimated 450 Children. 200 households were visited and received help with a variety of services.

Lt. Brian Churchill said the department is grateful for all of the community partners that were involved and wanted to thank them for their ongoing support and efforts in helping the community.

“Your hard work, willingness to give, and compassion for our fellow citizens brought the spirit of Christmas to people that truly needed a ‘Santa Claus,’” said Churchill.

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