The Crestwood Village IV Senior Citizens Club donated $926 toward the purchase of a new bullet proof vest for the .
Jerry Carroll, club president, presented Capt. Lisa Parker with a check on Tuesday, June 5. This donation has been given to the police department for the past five years, the captain said.
Over the past eight years, the club has raised over $200,000 that has gone toward scholarships and local organizations such as the Lakehurst-Manchester Lions Club and the Deborah Heart and Lung Hospital, according to Carroll.
"Many of the volunteers put endless hours in to accomplish these objectives," Parker said.
With every officer outfitted with an over $700 vest that has a lifespan of about five years, keeping the force properly equipped is expensive, Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski has said.
Financial donations are collected during ongoing fundraising events, such as the club's Tuesday bingo and pull tabs games. Bingo begins at 6 p.m., though residents are welcome to arrive at 4 p.m. when the kitchen opens.
A bingo bus is available to pick up and return residents who are uncomfortable driving at night, according to Carroll.
Food donations are accepted daily at Independence Hall, Carroll said, and go toward feeding local homeless.