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New box at police department aimed at drug and alcohol prevention

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 9/4/19

A drug and alcohol prevention box filled with literature free to the public has been donated to the Middletown Police Department by 10xBetter Ministries.

The box is located in the lobby of the …

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New box at police department aimed at drug and alcohol prevention

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A drug and alcohol prevention box filled with literature free to the public has been donated to the Middletown Police Department by 10xBetter Ministries.

The box is located in the lobby of the station at 300 E. Emaus St.

The box complements and sits next to another box in the police station lobby, where anyone can safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications.

The drug and alcohol prevention box used to be a box for selling newspapers, said the Rev. James Lyles, who heads 10xBetter Ministries.

10xBetter runs programs that provide activities for area youth. 10xBetter also has programs that support other people in the community. For example, during 10xBetter’s annual Lift Up A Man Day at Wesley United Methodist Church on Aug. 31, suits were given away to men going on job interviews.

A company provides Lyles with the boxes that are no longer being used to sell newspapers.

Lyles sells some of the boxes to businesses to use for advertising. The proceeds help maintain 10xBetter Ministries.

Lyles recently sold two other Drug and Alcohol Prevention boxes to the Dauphin County Office of Drug of Alcohol, for use in locations throughout the county.

Many of the other old newspaper boxes have been converted into “mini-libraries” at which young people can get books for free, Lyles said. These mini-libraries have been placed throughout Harrisburg and in other area locations, he said.

The Drug and Alcohol Prevention box in the police station was donated by Lyles for free.

The artwork on the box, and on the other converted newspaper boxes that 10xBetter sells or donates, is done by Bryan Hickman of Harrisburg. Hickman teaches art classes for youth that are held by 10xBetter Ministries.

To purchase a box, call Lyles at 717-421-2556.