METRO FOCUSES ON MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

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METRO’s newly appointed Police Chief Vera Bumpers is inviting the public to meet her officers and bring a donation that will enhance the life of patients in treatment at the county’s busy psychiatric hospital. Chief Bumpers, who has been with the force for more than 30 years, is making staff available to meet the public and accept donations destined for the UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (UTHCPC) patients.

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“Our officers understand – from everyday experiences – the necessity of mental health services for all our constituents. What we hope to accomplish with our meet-up and collection drive is familiarize the public with our police force, and support an agency that provides vital services to thousands of families regardless of their circumstances,” said Chief Bumpers, the first African-American and first female to lead the agency’s police force.

Officers, including Chief Bumpers, will be on-hand to accept new items such as:

Personal hygiene products (non-aerosol only)
T-shirts and socks
Sneakers (size 7 and up)
Dominos and playing cards
Crossword puzzles and coloring books

Supplies collected on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at the Texas Medical Center Transit Center (6910 Fannin at Pressler) between 7 and 9 a.m. will be given to UTHCPC staff and volunteers for patient use.