Over 2000 applications were submitted to the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program for a chance to win a $25,000 grant. The top 200 finalists were chosen and the Ridgeland Police Department is in the running.
That means they’ll now be eligible to participate in the online voting portion of the competition.
VOTE HERE: Ridgeland PD’s Kids Closet
The program is headed by Officer Sara Ladnier and is titled Ridgeland Police Department Kids Closet. If selected as one of the 40 winners, the funds they receive will go to providing resources for Ridgeland schools in the Madison County School District. The money will provide school supplies, backpacks, and basic clothing or food needs for children in those districts, outside of school hours.
“We started off the Kids Closet with Highland Elementary. I went to the counselor Mrs. Lillian Dozer and said ‘hey, have you ever thought about doing a clothes closet?’ and she said come here. She opened up this closet and it was full of clothes and toiletries and all sorts of things. She said, I already have this, I furnish it for my kids,” said Ladnier.
The online vote begins Wednesday, August 16, and the Ridgeland PD are asking for your help. For the next 10 days you can vote online to help determine the top 40. You may vote up to 10 times per day, per individual email address.
You can vote by visiting www.neighborhoodassist.com, search by state for Mississippi, and click on “Ridgeland Police Department Kids Closet.”
Every vote counts!