Throughout the month of December, the Dunmore Police Department, with the assistance of local marketing agency Moreland Collective, hosted a fundraising event for local children in an effort to provide a merry holiday to all.
During the fundraising efforts, it was brought to the attention of the department that a wheelchair-bound student at Dunmore School District was living without a much-needed chairlift at home. After a very successful month, the department raised enough funds to install the lift and called upon various local businesses to help with the installation.
Edwards Concrete Company, DPW workers, and AmeriGlide teamed up with Dunmore Borough Council, Mayor Tim Burke, and Borough Manager Vito Ruggerio to install the lift, each one playing an integral role in the installation process. Monetary donations from area sponsors Keystone Sanitary Landfill, DePietro’s Pharmacy, and Fidelity Bank helped fund the project.
James Orr, father of Cayden Orr, who required a lift, says, “ I would like to thank the Dunmore Borough and their departments, especially the Police Department and Captain Tom Richardson for all their work, generosity and help with getting my son, Cayden, his lift.
“You have no clue how appreciative my family is for the lift. It has helped greatly getting Cayden to his school van and my vehicle. We would not have been able to afford such a lift, or even get it approved by insurance.”
Mr. Orr, adds, “The borough has come up extremely big for my family. I extend my sincere gratitude to all who helped.”
Dunmore Police Officer Thomas Richardson states, “It was brought to our attention by the school district that this student’s father was carrying him to and from the vehicle each day while also caring for his other children. Our officers unanimously agreed that this was a project we wanted to take on knowing that ultimately, we would be giving a child more freedom. I don’t believe there is any better feeling than that.”