It’s been interesting to watch how the Madison Community Policing Foundation has picked its spots to support the work of cops in the community since former Captain Joe Balles founded the organization.

Its investments in things like basketball hoops and projectors and screens for neighborhood movies have been modest but effective.

But this past weekend the MCPF may have had its biggest impact yet on the health of our city.

At the recommendation of an MPD safety education officer, which is often how the foundation works, MCPF reached out to Lands’ End and the two partners came up with more than 350 coats and assorted gloves and mittens for kids at four elementary schools with high populations of low income kids.

They called it the “Stay Warm” project and it was just that. And that too is what Madison cops do.