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West Whiteland Township Police Department donates bicycles/helmets to Devereux youth

Photo caption (group shot): Members of the Whiteland Township Police Department present bicycles and helmets to Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS youth. From left: Officer Kurtis Rainey, Aidan (Devereux resident), David (Devereux resident), Desiree (Devereux resident), Detective Sergeant Jason Madormo, Lieutenant Matthew Herkner, Detective Mike Buchmann, Damien (Devereux resident), Lucas (Devereux resident), Chief of Police Joe Catov, Jr., Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS Executive Director Mel Beidler, Rose (Devereux resident) and Officer Robert Malarick.

On August 11, members of the West Whiteland Township Police Department donated 15 bicycles and helmets to children and adolescents served by the Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services (CIDDS) center in West Chester, Pa.  

Several members of the West Whiteland Township Police Department, plus Devereux PA CIDDS staff and youth, were on hand during the donation.  

“We are thrilled that the West Whiteland Township Police Department selected Devereux as the recipient of this incredibly generous donation,” said Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS Executive Director Mel Beidler. “As a nonprofit organization, Devereux is always in need of sporting equipment and other fun activities for the children and adolescents we serve. These bicycles and bike helmets not only will help our kids have fun, but they will learn new skills – including bicycle safety – and improve their overall wellness and physical activity levels.” 

She added: “A huge thank you to West Whiteland Township Police Department Detective Mike Buchman and Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS Quality Management Coordinator Donna Gonzales for collaborating and making this donation possible!” 

Helping Devereux youth ‘enjoy life’

West Whiteland Township Police Department Chief of Police Joe Catov, Jr., who participated in the donation, said: “This is a great opportunity to allow these bikes to be used by students who normally wouldn’t have a chance to have a bike or have access to one. It gives them an opportunity to experience what it’s like to have a bike – and to go out and enjoy life.” 

Note: The helmets were donated to the police department through a partnership between Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Kohl’s Cares. 

About Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS

Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS serves children, adolescents and young adults, from birth to age 21, with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and emotional and/or behavioral differences. Click here to learn more about Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS or click here to learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.


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