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UMPD Helps Homeless Through Fourth Annual Scarf Tree Program

By Maryland Today Staff

Members of the University of Maryland Police Department collected hundreds of holiday gifts and winter items last month to warm the spirits of local people in need.

While campus was closed on Dec. 21, both officers and civilians brought over 1,000 items to two Prince George’s County homeless shelters as part of UMPD’s fourth Scarf Tree program.

The initiative, spearheaded by Master Patrol Officer Melissa Fischer when she first came to UMPD, collects new and gently used clothes, books, shoes, toys, blankets, toiletries and more for men, women and children. This year, the 7-Eleven on Knox Road donated around 40 children’s books, and the wife of our Building Security Services employee Pat Marinari knitted more than 150 scarves to aid the effort.

For more information or to be part of next year’s event, email Fischer at

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