Police Collecting Toys for Santa's Annual Visit
Hillsborough police are continuing to collect toys for Santa’s annual visit to the main station next month.
Donations of new, unwrapped toys may be made at the Police Department’s main station, 127 N. Churton St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays through noon Dec. 12. The station will be closed to the public Nov. 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving.
On Dec. 12, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the main station’s lobby from 6 to 8 p.m. Children from infants to 15 years old will be able to share their holiday wishes and receive a gift.
The annual toy drive kicked off earlier this month with help from the Timeless Cruizers car club of Efland. The Benefit Cruize In on Nov. 9 included a food drive to benefit the local pantry run by Orange Congregations in Mission.
“The toy drive kickoff event was a great success, and the Police Department extends a special thank-you to the Cruizers and the community for their generosity,” Community Policing Coordinator Eli Valsing said. “The toys donated filled the back of a police SUV!”
If you’re donating gifts for children:
- Gifts should be new, unwrapped and appropriate for newborns to teenagers up to age 15.
- Especially needed will be gifts for teens and dolls, balls, games and toys for toddlers.
- No toy weapons or candy should be donated.
An estimated 350 youths participated in the event last year. Gifts left over from this year’s event will be donated to a Santa’s surprise visit to a local childcare center.
For more information, contact the community policing coordinator by email or by phone at 919-296-9540. Photos taken at Santa’s visit may be posted on the Police Department’s Facebook page.