MSP starts 2016 Bears That Care Toy Drive

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

EAS­TON — The Mary­land State Po­lice Eas­ton Bar­rack is cur­rently ac­cept­ing do­na­tions through Dec. 22 for its annual Bears That Care Toy Drive.

The toy drive was a success in 2015, MSP said in a press re­lease.

Dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son the toy drive was able to help out over 350 fam­i­lies and 800 chil­dren. With the help of the com­mu­nity and lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies, each child was able to have a won­der­ful Christ­mas, MSP said.

There were sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses that helped make last year’s toy drive a success. Toys were also do­nated to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Eas­ton Pe­di­atric ward, Penin­sula Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, lo­cal churches and lo­cal shel­ters.

Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group will again be join­ing the Bears That Care Toy Drive this year. Last year it had over 260 bikes do­nated. This year’s goal is to have over 300 bikes do­nated. If you would like to do­nate a bike you can drop it off at Pre­ston Ford lo­cated at 4313 Pre­ston Road, Hur­lock. Any­one with ques­tions about do­nat­ing a bike can contact Earl Wil­son at 410924-5844.

MSP’s dead­line for toys be­ing do­nated is De­cem­ber 22, 2016. The last ap­pli­ca­tion day is Thurs­day, Nov. 17. It will col­lect new and un­wrapped, jack­ets and gloves for lo­cal chil­dren whose fam­i­lies are in need this Christ­mas. Do­na­tions are also ac­cepted 24 hours a day at the Eas­ton Bar­rack, 7053 Ocean Gate­way, Eas­ton, MD 21601.

Any ad­di­tional ques­tions please contact Michelle Webster or Deb­bie Hart­ness at 410-819-4794 or email bearsthat­care­toy drive@gmail.com

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