Toy drive col­lects hol­i­day gifts for Merced chil­dren

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Community - BY AN­DREW KUHN [email protected]­ced­

The “Merced City Fire and Cops For Kids” pro­gram is ask­ing for sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses and ci­ti­zens to pro­vide Christ­mas gifts to Merced city chil­dren. The toy drive has pro­vided toys and gifts for needy fam­i­lies for the past 38 years, ac­cord­ing to a Merced Po­lice Depart­ment news re­lease.

This year, the pro­gram hopes to pro­vide Christ­mas gifts to 1,400 lo­cal chil­dren from in­fants to 12 years old. The pro­gram de­pends en­tirely on sup­port from lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses, of­fi­cers said in the state­ment.

One way to help is by do­nat­ing new un­wrapped toys. In­di­vid­u­als can also help by do­nat­ing money, agree­ing to be a toy-col­lec­tion and drop-off lo­ca­tion, or by spon­sor­ing a child or fam­ily.

This year, the pro­gram has se­lected 350 fam­i­lies to re­ceive toys. The toys are age ap­pro­pri­ate and hand­picked by vol­un­teers and pub­lic safety per­son­nel, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

The toy give­away will take place at the Merced Po­lice Depart­ment South Sta­tion on Satur­day, Dec. 22.

Mone­tary do­na­tions can be made by mak­ing checks payable to The Merced Po­lice De­part­ments Recre­ation Fund, Tax ID 94-6000371. Of­fi­cials said 100 per­cent of do­na­tions go to­ward the pur­chase of toys for the toy drive. Gift cards and cash are also ac­cepted.

To con­tact the pro­gram, call Lola Bar­nett, vol­un­teer in po­lice ser­vices at 209-384-4185, Fire Cap­tain Ryan Wells at 209385-4776 or Eu­gene Drum­mond, po­lice com­mu­nity li­ai­son at 209385-6297.


A pile of toys do­nated by the com­mu­nity un­der a Christ­mas tree at the Merced Golf and Coun­try Club for the an­nual Fire­man Cops for Kids toy drive on Dec. 1, 2016.

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