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Jingle Bells on the Potomac with Senators Obie Patterson, Joanne Benson benefits children

More than 200 toys collected from guests in attendance.

The Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. (PGCDPC) and the Maryland State Legislative District 26 had “A Partnership Holiday Reception” on Thursday, December 19, 2019, from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM at the Oxon Hill Manor, 6901 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745.

The Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. collected more than 200 toys from guests in attendance. The PGCDPC distributed the toys to an Angel Tree Ministry that serves children who have incarcerated parents and the 1441 Inc. organization that serves families of returning citizens and the homeless. Dr. Valencia Campbell, PGCDPC President, welcomed the guests and thanked them for their donations. Maryland State Senator Obie Patterson and Keisha Monroe (Delegate Turner’s chief of staff) provided attendees with some updates for the upcoming work that will take place in Annapolis in 2020.

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Maryland State Senator Joanne Benson (District 24), and Prince George’s Central Committee Members, Derrick Coley (District 24), Kent Roberson (District 25), Nora Carmichael (District 26), and Angela R. Jones (District 26) were among the other elected officials who came out to support the event. There were about 150 other community residents from the Prince George’s County, Maryland District 8 (Camp Springs, Clinton, Forest Heights, Fort Washington, Glassmanor, Marlow Heights, Oxon Hill) area that came out to this holiday celebration. All the guests concluded the evening enjoying music, a free dinner and community fellowship.

Dr. Campbell, indicated that: “Our organization was extremely excited to host this event to help collect toys for the “Children of Incarcerated Parents” for the Christmas holiday!” “We were honored to partner with the Maryland 26 District Legislative team members, Senator Obie Patterson and Delegate Veronica Turner, to help ensure that less fortunate children receive gifts.”

The Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that promotes policies and laws that embrace the public health nature of drug abuse. Through our scholarship program, we provide community-based support to families within the county with a focus on students obtaining higher education and living a drug-free life. The Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. represents one of many local affiliates of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. Our national organization consists of a coalition of 25 preeminent organizations. Through the support of our national organization, interested organizational partners, and grassroots members, PGCDPC hopes to prevent and reduce illegal drug abuse and related crimes in Prince George’s County.

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