Northampton police association collecting donations for charity account

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Staff Writer
Published: 8/5/2020 8:10:48 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Police Relief Association will be accepting donations from the community to benefit its charity account during the month of August.

Beginning Monday and scheduled until Aug. 28, the organization — which is made up of full-time police officers, special officers and retirees of the Northampton Police Department — is holding a fundraiser to benefit local organizations. A focus is put on providing financial assistance to youth activities, charities and sports, according to Officer Steven Digiammo, president of the relief association.

“It’s why a lot of police officers become police,” Digiammo said, “to give back to the community.”

Digiammo said the relief association has once again contracted TCI America of Seekonk — with whom they have worked with for over 20 years — to conduct the telemarketing fundraiser as the police cannot solicit donations.

The drive raises about $15,000 each year on average, Digiammo said, and has benefited the sports teams at Northampton High School and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, parent-teacher organizations at the city’s elementary schools, Pioneer Valley Ballet in Easthampton, the Northampton Survival Center and others.

“This year is a little bit different because a lot of the stuff we donated to are not happening this year, with everything going on because of COVID,” Digiammo said, adding that the fundraising drive is the only one the relief association does all year.

TCI America is calling local residents and businesses and asking if they’d like to donate, according to Digiammo. For those who choose to give to the charity account, Digiammo said, a donation collector wearing a relief association identification card will come by and physically pick up a check.

Anyone can donate to the relief association’s charity account by addressing a check to the Northampton Police Relief Association and dropping it off at the police station at 29 Center St. Digiammo said donations are tax-deductible.

In the past, Digiammo said those who donated to the relief association’s fundraiser were given a small gift as thanks, such as tickets to a comedy show at the Hadley Farms Meeting House. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, people who donate will instead receive a public safety guide put together by TCI America that will go over ways to prevent identity theft, along with other tips, he said.

The fundraiser may be extended into September, Digiammo said, though no decision on that has been made yet.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com. 


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