SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Police Department along with the C3 Forest Park Police unit accepted toy donations for its “Stuff-the-Cruiser” drive Saturday.
It didn’t take long for shoppers at the Walmart on Boston Road to begin stuffing the police cruiser manned by the police unit specifically assigned to the neighborhood for purposes of closer communication.
Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood was there for the community event. She told 22News, “Even thought it’s tougher when you get COVID restrictions, where we collect toys for children who really need them in certain areas, so it’s a nice project for the officers to get involved with.”
Shoppers received further incentive from a team of Walmart employees to fill the police cruiser with Christmas gifts for children whose families lack the means to make these purchases themselves.
“It’s wonderful, makes you feel absolutely amazing,” said Mariah Riopelle, a Walmart store team leader. “It is a great idea to be able to do this for our community.”
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno also joined officers Saturday. In a statement sent to 22News, Sarno said, “I want to thank Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and her dedicated team at SPD, especially the Forest Park C3 team for holding this much needed event. I also want to thank and acknowledge Attorney Neil Phillips, Walmart, our residents and business community, and everyone who continues to work hard during these challenging and surreal times of this COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic to make sure that we are still able to give to those less fortunate, especially during the holidays.”
If you missed Saturday’s Stuff-the-Cruiser event, the Springfield Police Department says you can order a toy online on Walmart and have it delivered to 185 Belmont Ave. Springfield MA, 01108.
Toys donated will go to children in need of a Christmas present this year.