(Dublin, Ohio) — For the fifth year, 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 the Get Behind the Badge initiative directed at helping families of first responders in need.
Those who want to participate in this year’s Fill-A-Cruiser event may drop off unwrapped gifts at the Dublin Justice Center (6565 Commerce Parkway) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Donations can be made from their vehicles as there will be a drive-thru area outside the Justice Center.
To help all age groups, community members are asked to donate presents for children in two age categories: newborn-10 years and 11-17 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 and other items needed for winter.
“We’re grateful to our generous Dublin community for their continued support of this program and the need it serves,” says Chief Páez. “We also extend a huge thank-you to Get Behind the Badge for their efforts to ensure first responder families and local kids in need won’t be forgotten this holiday season.”
Last year’s Fill-A-Cruiser event benefited more than 160 families. Additional cash and gift card donations were used to purchase winter coats and other clothing items for more than 100 kids.
About the City of Dublin, Ohio, USA
Dublin is a city of nearly 50,000 residents located just northwest of Columbus, Ohio. It offers residents and corporate citizens responsive services, attractive housing, superior public education, direct regional highway access, abundant park space, thoughtful and strategic planning, innovative ideas and technology and a dynamic community life. Dublin is ranked the number one small city in Ohio and is consistently ranked one of the safest cities in the nation. It is home to more than 20 corporate headquarters, an entrepreneurial center, 4,300+ businesses, world-class events and the urban, walkable Bridge Street District. For more information, visit DublinOhioUSA.gov or call 614.410.4400.
About 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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