Bridgeport Guardians Donate to Career Resources, Inc.’s Annual Toy Drive

On November 29, Lieutenant Lonnie Blackwell, President of the Bridgeport Guardians delivered a $1000 check to Scott Wilderman, Executive Director of Career Resources, Inc. (CRI). The donation will be used for CRI’s 13th Annual Toy Drive to benefit their clients throughout Fairfield County.

The generous donation will be combined with contributions and collections from CRI staff and board members along with gifts from companies and organizations including Starbucks and the Cycling Sports Group.

As a workforce development organization helping people train and get back to work, CRI has an intimate knowledge of the struggles of people who are unemployed during the holiday season. To aid their clients during this difficult time of year, CRI is committed to make sure all of their clients’ children get a gift. This year, CRI is paying careful attention to special needs children to provide appropriate gifts.

In a unique twist on the traditional toy giveaway, CRI seeks to empower their clients by giving them unwrapped toys that they can provide to their children themselves.

The toys will be distributed on December 20, at the Career Resources, Inc. offices at 2 Lafayette Square in Bridgeport. After a special lunch, guests will enjoy holiday music, candy canes and hot chocolate. Santa himself is rumored to be making an appearance.

About Career Resources, Inc: As the operator of the One Stop Center in Bridgeport, Career Resources serves 20,000 job seekers annually with job search assistance, computer labs and internet access, job posting, career coaching, training, and other services. Other Career Resources programs include STRIVE attitudinal job readiness training, Adult Basic Education and GED Preparation, Fathers for Life, and specialized job placement for mature workers and those with disabilities. For more information, call (203) 634-6601 or visit us at 350 Fairfield Ave. in Bridgeport.

The Bridgeport Guardians are minority police officers who serve the community, fighting discrimination within the Police Department and for the people they serve. The Guardian organization was formed in 1970. The membership consists of black and Latino officers.