CLT NATCA Members Donate Toys to Community Effort
In a heartwarming display of community engagement, retired Charlotte ATCT (CLT) NATCA member Bob Szymkiewicz, along with other CLT members and the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF), contributed toys to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD). The effort is aimed at fostering positive interactions and building trust between law enforcement officers and young residents in Charlotte.
During the month of December, CMPD officers carried a special cargo in their patrol cars – bags filled with toys. Officers in areas around Charlotte, particularly low-income housing areas, gave out the toys and gifts to initiate friendly conversations with families and children in these communities.
The assortment of gifts includes sports equipment, art supplies, sticker books, and coloring books. By engaging with children in a non-threatening and friendly manner, CMPD hopes to build a foundation of trust and respect with the younger generation.
The efforts of Szymkiewicz and CLT highlight the positive role each of us can play in supporting our local community. Through NCF, NATCA members and their family and friends give and volunteer to make a big impact and help bring smiles to those in need. Learn more here.