Explorer “elves” work hard to host local Christmas fair

December 17, 2015 Michelle DeSantos
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The Explorer elves over at the 68th Precinct were hard at work earlier this month to help bring the magic of Christmas to the neighborhood this holiday season.

On Sunday, December 6, the wonders of the holiday were on view at the precinct, 333 65th Street, thanks to the festive Christmas Fair organized by the precinct’s Explorers, and their leader, Police Officer Susan Porcello.

Porcello and her Explorers set up a very festive, family-friendly event at which all in attendance were able to browse different tables where handmade crafts — including some made by the Explorers and Porcello — were on sale along with candy, gifts, police apparel and housewares.

Special guest Mrs. Claus also sat nearby knitting scarves for sale.

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There was also a wrapping station, manned by Explorers, who wrapped any Christmas treasures for $2 per package. Along with purchasing Christmas items for their loved ones, guests were also able to drop off letters or cards addressed to the troops. The motto for the event read “You bring it, we’ll send it.”

Porcello recalled the “joyful atmosphere” of the event, which also included a stocking decorating station run by the Explorers. “There were about 50 to 60 people,” Porcello said. “We even recruited two new Explorers for our youth program.”

Members of the 2268 Explorer Post at the 68th Precinct ranges in age from 14 to 20. The youngsters come by the station twice a week to learn the ins and outs of the Police Department. They learn safety tips, hand out flyers, and participate in community awareness projects as well. Funds raised at the event help to support the Explorer program, said Porcello.

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