Baltimore (December 21, 2018) — The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO), in partnership with DTLR and Cori Ramos and Associates, held its 2ndAnnual Crime Control and Prevention (CCP) Holiday Toy Drive. More than 500 toys were distributed at the War Memorial building to public school children participating in the SAO’s Great Expectations program, as well as Baltimore families impacted by crime.
“What better way to celebrate this holiday season than to give back to our most precious assets – Baltimore’s bright young people,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
State’s Attorney Mosby felt it was important that her agency work with the community to deliver gifts to children who may be experiencing challenges during the holiday season and closeout the year on a high note by providing toys to the youth the CCP Unit has been working all year to support.
“This was quite the effort, coordinating a holiday party and toy giveaway for over 100 energetic young people, but it was more than worth it,” said SAO Youth Coordinator Shalik Fulton.
Fulton, along with the rest of the Crime Control and Prevention Unit led by Deputy Director Deborah Warner-Dennis organize and implement all of the SAO’s youth programs throughout the year. These efforts include the Junior State’s Attorney program, which has employed 150 current and rising Baltimore City ninth graders during the summer months, exposing them to the different components of the local criminal justice system; and the SAO’s Summer #Popups, a free event series for youth aimed to reduce violence during peak times touching nearly 5,000 young people since its launch in 2017. This year, the CCP Unit also launched Project 17, an employment and mentorship program aimed at chronically truant high school students.
State’s Attorney Mosby is especially encouraged by the engagement of the business community that helps sustains the SAO youth programs such as today’s holiday party.
“We will only affect positive change in the lives of Baltimore’s youth when we work together and share resources to tackle the challenges our children endure every day, continued State’s Attorney Mosby. “I am grateful that partners like DTLR and Cori Ramos and Associates understand the importance of planting seeds with our young people like they did today with this holiday party. It not only provided instant gratification but also connects our youth with individuals and organizations they can call upon during hard times and not participate in behavior that can negatively affect their lives long term.”