For the fourth year in a row, the Dublin Police Department is collecting donated toys for local kids who may otherwise not receive a gift this holiday season. The “Fill A Cruiser” toy drive is in partnership with Get Behind The Badge initiative directed at helping families of first responders in need.
“It really is an event that brings out the best of Dublin and represents what the holiday season is all about,” Chief of Police Justin Páez says. “Dublin residents continue to exceed all expectations with their generosity, which has contributed to helping hundreds of kids through this program.”
What: ‘Fill A Cruiser’ Holiday Toy Drive
When: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Dublin Justice Center, 6555 Commerce Parkway
Those who want to participate in this year’s Fill A Cruiser event may drop off unwrapped gifts at the Dublin Justice Center between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Donations from residents can be made from their vehicles as there will be a drive-thru area outside the Justice Center.
To help represent all age groups, please consider donating presents for children in two age categories: newborn to 10 years old and 11 to 17 years old. Gift cards are also accepted and can make enjoyable gifts for young adults. Additionally, Get Behind The Badge uses gift cards to purchase clothing or other items needed for winter
“We want to extend a huge thank-you to Get Behind The Badge, who will make sure first responder families and local kids in need won’t be forgotten this holiday season,” Páez affirms.
Last year’s “Fill A Cruiser” event collected more than 500 toys for families as well as cash and gift card donations that went to purchase winter coats and other clothing for more than 100 kids.
Get Behind The Badge
Get Behind The Badge was established in 2001 after the line of duty death of Whitehall Police Officer Terry McDowell. Since then, Get Behind The Badge has been able to provide financial assistance to the families of law enforcement and fire fighter personnel who have been killed or critically wounded on or off duty.
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