Allentown leaders bond with community kids at Phantoms hockey game | Lehigh Valley Regional News

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Allentown police are giving back.

On Sunday, police took children from the Sixth Street Shelter to a Phantoms hockey game.

The department says being part of the community is what it seeks.

Sixth Street Shelter is helping change the lives of over 100 families by providing housing, food and bill assistance.

Allentown Police Chief Charles Roca, Mayor Matt Tuerk and other Allentown police officers wanted to give back to these families and provide the children with an afternoon.

“It’s something very important for us, to connect with our community,” said APD Police Chief Charles Roca. “We are from the community, we are no different from the others.”

Allentown’s Gold Credit Union provided gift bags filled with equipment.

“They can wear special Phantoms hats and shirts and enjoy a meal while they’re there,” said Ashley Quinn, community outreach manager at Gold Credit Union. “I’m happy to be able to give back to these kids and make their day.”

Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk says he loves the chance to spend the day with the community, getting to know them on a more personal level.

“Giving the kids in this shelter the chance to get them out, to take their minds off things, that’s all,” Tuerk continued. “That’s the best part of the job.”

Allentown Police announced they would be back in March for another Phantoms game with the Police Athletic League kids.

Catherine J. Martinez