Help Ridgeland Police Win a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant

The Ridgeland Police Department Kids Closet project has been selected as one of 200 nationwide finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® program. The top 40 vote-getters of these finalists will receive a $25,000 grant for their community cause. Your votes are needed in order for the Ridgeland project to make it into the top 40. Voting ends Friday, Aug. 25, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

If the Ridgeland project wins a grant, the funds will be used to help children in need with school supplies, backpacks, basic clothing and meals outside of school hours at all of the Ridgeland public schools. To help, register at and cast 10 votes daily through Aug. 25. The voting started Aug. 16. Anyone with an email address may vote.

Police Chief John Neal said, “Please share the link  with as many people in the world as you can think of and ask them to support this great cause.”

Led by Officer Sara Ladnier, the Ridgeland Police Department has been conducting an ongoing school supply drive for Ms. Dozier’s closet at Highland Elementary. Her closet contains not only school supplies but clothing and food for those children who may not have a good meal until they return to school again. This devoted teacher will inconspicuously place food in a backpack for children in need to take home on Fridays. She will keep sweatshirts and jackets on hand and all kinds of school supplies.

“Inspired by Ms. Dozier’s efforts, we applied for the Neighborhood Assist® grant,” said Chief Neal, “so that all the Ridgeland schools could establish closets and have supplies for a long time.”

Officer Ladnier said, “We saw a need in our community and stepped in to help and have been asking others to help. Now, this is your chance to give back to the children in our community by voting so that we can win the grant.”

“Neighborhood Assist is another example of State Farm partnering with communities to tackle local issues and find solutions to community needs,” says State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson.

Remember, you can vote up to 10 times per day per email address until 10:59 p.m. CT Friday, Aug. 25, at to help bring a $25,000 grant to the Ridgeland Police Department Kids Closet project. For more information about the project, contact Ridgeland police officer Sara Perkins Ladnier at 601-856-2121.

Ready to win the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant for the Ridgeland Police Department Kids Closet are (from left, front) Maddy Berry, Ridgeland High School; Nate Sanford, Highland Elementary; Justus Martin, Highland Elementary; Isabella Seago, Highland Elementary; Maya Ortiz, Ann Smith Elementary; Luciana Universal, Ann Smith Elementary; Luis Ortiz, Ann Smith Elementary; James Aaron Martin, Highland Elementary; Poonum Gill, Olde Towne Middle School; Julia Lynn, Olde Towne Middle School; (back) Officer Jonathan Wolfe, Ridgeland Police Department; Officer Ricky Bracey, Ridgeland Police Department; Titus the Titan, Ridgeland High School; Ford Sterling, Ridgeland High School; Officer Andre Minter, Ridgeland Police Department.