News from the 112th Precinct Community Council

Helping Foster Children

The 112th Precinct and the 112th Precinct Community Council are once again helping to give suitcases and backpacks to foster children so they do not have to move their possessions in black garbage bags.

This is called the Cases for Kids project, and you can help us. Anyone with suitcases that are still in good condition, but they no longer want, are encouraged to donate them at the next precinct council meeting on Tuesday night, Nov. 17, at the Forest Hills stationhouse.

The council is working with the Rego Park Forest Hills Lions Club to collect the suitcases to give to foster children. These children must be treated with dignity. We are working to give them a clean suitcase, and the Lions are providing them with toiletries and toys.

Additionally, the precinct council invites local children from kindergarten through eighth grade to participate in our annual poster contest.

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month. We want everyone to be safe. Your poster may include examples of safe toys, what makes toys safe, what toys to avoid, etc.

Posters are due at the 112th Precinct on Monday, Dec. 8. All entries must include the creator’s full name, grade and school.

The posters will be on display at our December holiday meeting, and the winning posters will have their prizes presented. All winners, from first through fourth place, must be present.

The prizes are courtesy of Maspeth Federal Savings Bank.

The precinct’s next meeting is this Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the stationhouse located at 68-40 Austin St. Deputy Commissioner Zack Tumin, who is in charge of the NYPD’s social media program, is the guest speaker. Additionally, we will have an update on crime and safety information from Capt. Judith Harrison, commanding officer of the 112th Precinct.

Lock your cars

Please be sure to lock your car and take the keys. There are criminals who walk our streets in Rego Park and Forest Hills and try to open the car doors by pulling on the handles.

If the door is left open, they will enter the vehicle and take whatever they find, including packages, phones, money, electronics and holiday shopping packages.

If the door is locked, they will walk to the next car.

Do not be a victim. Lock your car!

Editor’s note: Heidi Harrison Chain is president of the 112th Precinct Community Council.

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