The Lakeland Police Department School Resource Unit started a campaign to help families in need receive clothing. The campaign, “Cops Care Closet”, will collect new and used clothing items for Polk County Public school children who are in need, or are homeless. The officers are hoping that through this program, they will be able to provide children with clothing they can feel proud in and ultimately this will improve their self-esteem and lead them to better grades and opportunities.
The public can also drop off items, such as, school clothes, uniforms, shoes and accessories in good or new condition and unopened packages of underwear and socks at the Lakeland Police Department or one of 16 public schools in Lakeland. School donation locations are: Lakeland High, Harrison School for the Arts, Lakeland Highlands Middle, Blake Academy, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, Rochelle School of the Arts, Sleepy Hill Middle, Southwest Middle, Carlton Palmore Elementary, Cleveland Court Elementary, Dixieland Elementary, Lincoln Avenue Academy, Philip O’Brien Elementary, Southwest Elementary, North Lakeland Elementary and Sleepy Hill Elementary.