Officers from the Middletown Police Department recently donated a new toy for children undergoing treatment at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington.
The department purchased the $300 Playscapes “Seascape Magic” board, which allows children to draw pictures using only their body heat, with proceeds raised during the town’s inaugural Hero’s Night Out on Oct. 16.
During the event, officers from the police department and firefighters from the Volunteer Hose Company of Middletown met with community members and posed for photos at two locations on Main Street, while a dozen local merchants donated 10 percent of their sales that night to charity of the department’s choosing.
Police Chief Henry Tobin said the department chose A.I. duPont after Officer Brian McKinery’s daughter was received treatment in the oncology department at the hospital.
“The staff at A.I. duPont Hospital are dedicated to caring for children and, along with the many children they treat, they made the difference in the lives of one of our officers’ family and we are very grateful,” Tobin said. “We thought this board would assist them in their efforts.”
Tobin said the department is hoping to make the Heroes Night Out an annual event and encouraged local merchants and residents to participate again this fall.