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Sheriff's Office Receives Donation of Dolls for Crime Victims

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 3/17/2015 | Views: 3892

RONKONKOMA, NY-- Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco stopped by the Knights of Columbus in Ronkonkoma on Thursday, March 12th to visit with volunteers for the Long Island Chapter of The Giving Doll and to pick up fifty dolls made for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office’s Domestic Violence Unit.  The dolls will be given out by Deputy Sheriffs at the Central Islip Courthouse to children whose parents or guardians are seeking Orders of Protection in Family Court. 

“Unfortunately, we see many young children come through our Domestic Violence Unit and it’s often an emotionally traumatic day.  I’m very grateful for the donation and I know the dolls will help lift the spirits of the children and the parents during an otherwise very stressful time,” said Sheriff DeMarco.

The local chapter of the organization was founded by Maureen Ennis of Lake Ronkonkoma in the fall of 2011, and has since crafted and donated almost 5000 handmade dolls.  On the day of the Sheriff’s visit, nearly 80 volunteers worked in teams sewing, stuffing and dressing the dolls, which would be packed and delivered to charities and hospitals throughout Long Island and the world. 

“We appreciate the work of all our volunteers who helped to make this donation possible to the Sheriff’s Domestic Violence Unit.  We look forward to working with Sheriff DeMarco for years to come to provide The Giving Dolls to victims of crimes and domestic violence,” said Maureen Ennis.

The Giving Doll is continually seeking volunteers and donations.  Call (631) 278-4699 or visit them online at www.thegivingdoll.org for more information. 

Pictured from left to right are Madeline Sicoli of Ronkonkoma, Maureen Ennis of Lake Ronkonkoma, Janet Hovnanian of South Setauket and Sheriff Vincent DeMarco.

Pictured from left to right are Madeline Sicoli of Ronkonkoma, Maureen Ennis of Lake Ronkonkoma, Janet Hovnanian of South Setauket and Sheriff Vincent DeMarco.

Deputy Sheriffs from the Domestic Violence Unit visited with volunteers at their weekly meeting on Thursday.

Deputy Sheriffs from the Domestic Violence Unit visited with volunteers at their weekly meeting on Thursday.

Janet Hovnanian, a volunteer from South Setauket, gave Sheriff DeMarco a quick sewing lesson during his visit with The Giving Dolls volunteers on Thursday, March 12th.

Janet Hovnanian, a volunteer from South Setauket, gave Sheriff DeMarco a quick sewing lesson during his visit with The Giving Dolls volunteers on Thursday, March 12th.

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