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Police Collecting Toys for Children

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020

Hillsborough police will continue their annual tradition of collecting toys for children this holiday season despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Even though we can’t meet in person this year, the department knows that children will enjoy a gift from Santa more than ever,” said Eli Valsing, management analyst for the Hillsborough Police Department.

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 Dec. 14. Large green bins marked for the toy drive will be available outside the station’s front doors. The bins will not be available Nov. 26 and 27, when town offices will be closed for Thanksgiving.

The Police Department typically hosts a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus in December, giving a gift to each child who visits. The department is still considering how it will offer a low-risk holiday distribution this year.

“We will be in touch soon about a safe way for children to collect their toys!” Valsing said.

Toy donations

If you’re donating gifts for children:

  • Gifts should be new, unwrapped and appropriate for newborns to teenagers up to age 13.
  • 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 200 youths participated in the event last year. Gifts left over from last year’s event were donated to a toy drive of the civic group Orange County Strong.

For more information, contact Senior Administrative Support Specialist Danielle King by phone at 919-296-9520 or by email using the Police Administrative Division’s contact form. Place “Toy Drive” in the subject.

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