ANSONIA >> A local church is again reaching out to the community to raise funds and show appreciation for the Ansonia Police Department’s men and women in blue.
First Baptist Church has announced plans for its 2nd “Honoring Ansonia Blue,” block party/police appreciation event, set for Sept. 23.
The Rev. John Hinson and his wife, Maude, wanted to build upon the success of the inaugural event, where more than $8,000 was raised to assist police in purchasing some life-saving equipment.
“Last year, in a relatively short period of time, the Hinsons set out to raise money for us to purchase trauma kits for each officer, to be worn on their belts,” Police Chief Kevin Hale. “This equipment was chosen because of the rash of deadly assaults on police officers throughout the country. The kits provide tourniquets and quick-clot agents designed to save lives by slowing down or stopping the bleeding in people critically injured.”
Thanks to donations from both corporate and citizens, the Hinsons helped raise enough money to purchase a kit for every officer, Hale said.
Hale said in addition, the church held an appreciation day last August.
“During the event, church members as well as the public, came out to support and show appreciation to our officers for the work they do every day,” Hale said. “The event was well attended and was most appreciated by our department.”
To show their support and appreciation yet again for police, the Hinsons are busy organizing what they hope is another successful community event. The “Honoring Ansonia Blue” event is slated to take place at 3 p.m. on the church grounds, 235 Prindle Ave., and will feature a block party, DJ, karaoke, food, ice cream, a kid zone featuring horse and pony rides, bounce house, petting zoo and more. There will also be nearly 50 prizes raffled off, valued at more than $5,600.
Tickets for the event are $10.
The Hinsons hope…