Brentwood, an Area Impacted by Gang Violence, Shows What Can be Accomplished When Groups Come Together to Help Others
Mineola, NY, January 10, 2019: The stories have been chilling. Seven people slayed, including two teenage best friends, in Brentwood allegedly carried out by MS-13 gang members. This community has been so hard-hit by violence that President Donald Trump visited in 2017, describing some Long Island neighborhoods as “blood-stained killing fields” that are “under siege.”
But Brentwood is resilient and increased discourse between the police and the community is helping formulate possible solutions to stopping such violence. The police, including the Suffolk County Police Department and the New York State Troopers, and the community took their relationship one step further this December by teaming up to help feed needy families in Brentwood.
With the help of Mineola law firm, Siler & Ingber, the 11th Annual Cops Who Care food drive donated turkeys, hams and warm winter gear including gloves, hats, socks, and scarves to underprivileged families for the holidays. A wide array of diverse families came from all over Long Island to the Primera Iglesia Roca De Salvacion Church in Brentwood to accept these donations.
“The Cops Who Care holiday food program is our way of showing support and care within the community we serve. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the generosity of the Mineola law firm, Siler & Ingber as well as the Rabinowitz Charitable Foundation via the Maxim Group. Their contribution largely helped us fund the food this year,” said D/Lt. Bob Donohue from Suffolk County Police.
This is the second year that the Mineola-based law firm Siler & Ingber has been involved with Cops Who Care. “Our firm is dedicated to making a difference by giving back to the community we help serve,” says Partner Jeffrey Siler. The firm plans to expand this program into Nassau and possibly other areas within the NY metropolitan area. “We wanted to do more than just write a check and donate money. We wanted to take a little stress out of the holidays by personally giving families food for their table as well as gloves, scarves and hats to keep warm during the winter months,” explains Partner Ronald Ingber.
An event like this demonstrates the mutual respect that exists on Long Island between the police, local businesses and the community they serve.