The members of the Nassau County Police Department, based on Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, led by Problem Oriented Williston Park (POP) Officer John Dockswell, brought dinner, last week, to the residents of Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park.
Williston Park POP Officer John Dockswell with Chief of the Department Anthony W. Rocco greeted by McDonald House Executive Director Joanne Reda.
POP Officer Dockswell visited Ronald McDonald House and was so impressed with the facility that he decided to rally all of the officers in the Third Precinct and figure out a way to bring dinner to house residents.
The officers not only gave their own monetary donations to the cause, but they fanned out and received donations of delicious plates and platters from some of the finest restaurants in the area including LaPalma, Riverbay, Ivy Cottage, TR's, Carle Place Deli and Famous Daves. Costco, located at 1250 Old Country, Westbury, was also involved with heavy donations.
The spread was absolutely breathtaking as each restaurant's favorite dishes were unwrapped and quickly devoured by the many residents of Ronald McDonald House.
Ronald McDonald House, New Hyde Park, is definitely the "house that love built" and the residents are parents or loved ones of children who are confined, with a serious illness, to local hospitals. The house, and its staff, gives the families a feeling of support while they deal with very difficult health situations of their children.
Almost all of the officers of the Third Precinct, not on duty, encouraged by Dockswell were involved, including Chief of the Department Anthony W. Rocco and Third Precinct Inspector Albert Jaskot.