Oelwein Officer Chet Reagan with his son, Talon, helped unload all the donated items from the Arresting Hunger Food Drive in November 2014.
It took a full crew of volunteers almost a week to put away all the donated items at the Oelwein Community Kitchen Cupboard Food Pantry from the 2014 Zombie Parade and Arresting Hunger Food Drive. The two Oelwein Police Department sponsored events, held earlier this fall, took in 1,426 items and several cash donations. This was the second year the police department held the Zombie Parade in downtown Oelwein and the third year of the Arresting Hunger Food Drive project in the Fareway parking lot. Typically, the holiday season is a tough time for food banks. The goal of these two events are to help provide as many food and hygiene items as possible to the local food pantry so they can lend a helping hand to those in need during the holiday season.
The Oelwein Police Department would like to thank the Oelwein Community Kitchen Cupboard for their support, the volunteers that helped unload, to Fareway for hosting and for their generous donation and to all those who donated for making these events a huge success.
If you missed this opportunity to donate, you have another chance before the holiday season is over. This Friday, December 12th from 6-8PM and Saturday, December 13th from 4-7PM, the Oelwein Police Department will be sponsoring the “Just Play Food Drive” at the Williams Wellness Center. The open gym will be available for all ages and admission is 2 nonperishable food items per person. Basketball, volleyball and other games and contests will be available for everyone to enjoy. All items will be donated to the Oelwein Community Kitchen Cupboard.
The Arresting Hunger Food Drive 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9AM to 3PM at Fareway (102 2nd St SE) in Oelwein. This is the third year of the event and over 2000 food and hygiene items have been donated and distributed locally. The goal is to see how many times we can “fill the squad car”. During the event an Oelwein Police Department Squad Car will be available for touring and photos! The Holiday Season is a tough time as local food bank supplies, typically, run low. The goal of this program is to provide as many items as possible to the Oelwein Community Kitchen Cupboard Food Pantry, so they can lend a helping hand to those in need during the Holiday Season.
Oelwein Officer Ted Phillips presented a check for just over $2100 to Randy Myott for the Oelwein Youth Football League.
Last month, Oelwein Officer Phillips organized a Haunted House at the old library in Oelwein to raise money for the Oelwein Youth Football League. Last year, the one-night-only event raised $1200 for the league. This year, the organizers decided to make it a two-night-event and it paid off. The Haunted House raised $2106.06 for Oelwein Youth Football League this year. Randy Myott accepted the donation for the football league on November 6th, 2014. Below are some pictures from the Haunted House. Thanks to everyone who faced their fears and supported the Oelwein Youth Football League.
“To Protect and To Serve= To help our neighbors in need”
Do you have coats around the house that you want to give away? Well, keep them in hand and get ready to drop them off at the Oelwein Police Department. Don’t have time to stop by the police department to drop that coat off? No problem! We will come to you to receive your donations. Rather make a monetary donation for this effort? No problem! The Oelwein Police Department will receive all monetary donations no matter how large or small to help in this effort.
The Oelwein Police Department is sponsoring a winter coat drive during the months of November and December 2014 to ensure that our neighbors of all ages are warm this winter season. The Oelwein Police Department will be welcoming donations of new and slightly used winter coats, hats, gloves, scarfs, and monetary donations during this drive to be used locally within our community.
To donate simply come to the police department with your donation (501 Rock Island Rd) or call the police department administrative line (319-283-4311) and we will be more than happy to come to you and all donations can be kept anonymous.
To help with this cause, officers of the Oelwein Police Department will be participating in “No Shave November”. In order to participate, officers have to contribute to this coat drive and the public can donate, a monetary donation or a coat, on behalf of an officer.
On Monday, October 6th, 2014, Oelwein's Little Husky kindergartner classes toured the new Oelwein Police Department. Oelwein Officer's Chet Reagan and Bryce Bentley spoke to the children about wearing their seat belts, when to dial 9-1-1, what to do if they find a gun and other safety issues during the tour.
Officer Reagan with the first group of Little Husky kindergartners that toured the New police department
Officer Bentley with the second group of Little Husky kindergartners that toured the New police department
Oelwein Officer Reagan visited the Elf Preschool classes on Monday, September 29th. After reading a book to the classes, he discussed general safety issues.
The Oelwein Police Department assisted the Oelwein school in their annual Homecoming Parade.
Motorcycles and Odd Rods gathered in Oelwein on Saturday, July 19th for the 9th annual Oelwein Public Safety Poker Run. As they cruised throughout NE Iowa, not only did they enjoy the sights and stops along the way, but the satisfaction of knowing they were raising money to help save children. Oelwein Police Officer Brandon DeJong has organized the Oelwein Public Safety Poker Run for the last 9 years, raising money for the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. This year, the group raised $600 which will help continue the hospitals lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. For more information or to donate to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, visit their website at www.stjude.org. The Oelwein Public Safety Poker Run starts and ends in Oelwein each year and anyone is invited to participate.
The Oelwein Police Department was established in 1903
Currently the Oelwein Police Department employs:
7 Reserve (Volunteer) Police Officers
The Oelwein Police Department is located at 501 Rock Island Road, Oelwein, Iowa 50662.
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