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B-3 police station, community celebrate holidays

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 22, 2011 11:56 AM

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Ana and her father Tito Rodriguez checking out Bonaparte's disappearing rabbit at the B-3 holiday party Wednesday.


The Boston Police Department’s District B-3 office and the community celebrated the holidays Wednesday night at the Mildred Avenue Community Center.

Officers and their community partners provided toys for more than 500 children.

There was food, music and even Bonaparte the Magician made a stop at the community center, to dazzle local kids with his magical skills and jokes. But although Bonaparte’s disappearing rabbit was a big hit, a visit by Santa and the Grinch put the biggest smiles on the kid’s faces.

“This is excellent, the kids really love it,” said Mattapan resident Eileen Kenner, who was there with her three grandchildren. “It’s important that they [BPD] network and engage themselves in the community. It shows the kids that they are part of the community.”

Although B-3 isn’t new to going above and beyond to connect with the residents they work to protect, many including Kenner couldn’t help but be thankful.

“B-3 has always been there for us, they give so much back and we appreciate it,” said Kenner, who has lived in Mattapan since 1967.

Even though the parents appreciated the helping hand B-3 extended to the community, the kids seemed to be the most thankful. Giving officers high fives, posing for pictures and running around, smiles seemed to be contagious Wednesday night.

“This is what’s up,” said local resident Denisha Sequeira, who was there with her son Jah’Reece. “They don’t have to do this but they went all out this year.”

To pull off such a wonderful event, B-3 had a variety of partners who helped them gather, wrap presents and put the event together.

“We believe in community first,” said Alkia Powell, who works in the UMass Boston Community Relations Office. “Wherever we can lend a hand we try. Events like this are great because they bring us into the community and make us more hands on.”

Along with Powell, who estimated she wrapped over hundreds of presents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the city lent a helping hand to the good cause.

“This is about building a sense of community and a relationship with the police,” said District City Councilor Charles Yancey. “We want to encourage our police to get involved in the community this way.”

Although the kids didn’t seem tired, eventually the event had to end and Santa had to get back to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas, but he made sure to end the night with a wave to the kids and a jolly “Ho! Ho! Ho!”

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(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2011)


Denish Sequeira and her son Jah'Reece posing for a quick photo with Santa.


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