St. Paul police to again donate confiscated booze

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul organization that houses about 100 poor, elderly people is looking forward to the renewal of what used to be an annual donation: booze confiscated by the police.

The St. Paul Police Department stopped its routine donations to the Holy Family Residence near downtown a few years ago.

Sister Theresa Robertson, who manages the residence, wrote last month to St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith asking him to resume the donations. Sister Theresa called it “such a pleasant treat” for some of the residents.

On Wednesday, the City Council voted to let police ship up to $10,000 in confiscated alcohol to the group each year.

Sister Theresa tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press the donation “will certainly enhance” the group’s regular Sunday happy hour.