CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Local police departments are preparing for the holidays and asking for your help in donating toys that will go to local children.
Departments across western Massachusetts will be hosting events in the next few weeks. They are looking to receive new, unwrapped toys, books, craft supplies and more.
The Amherst Police Department will be holding a gift drive from November 20 to December 21.
They are asking for donations of books, winter apparel, gift cards, or wrapping supplies. You can drop off your unwrapped gifts at the Amherst Police station at 111 Main Street.
A stuff-a-cruiser event will be held at the Belchertown Police Department on December 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The department will be accepting new toys, board games, arts and crafts, sports equipment and clothing. All items donated will go to local boys and girls.
The Bernardston Police and Fire Departments will be accepting unwrapped toy donations at the fire department on December 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
All donated toys must be unwrapped. They will also accept any donations ahead of that specific date.
You can drop off a new toy to the North Adams Police or Fire Departments up to December 1. All toys donated will go to kids locally.
The Orange Police Department will have a box where you can donate a toy up to December 12. All toys go towards the local Marine Corp League Toys for Tots.
Officers of the Russell Police Department will hold a food and toy drive on December 5 in front of the Russell Town Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Food collected will be donated to the Huntington Food Pantry.
The Springfield Police Department along with the C3 Forest Park Police unit will be accepting toy donations Saturday, November 28.
Officers will be in the Walmart parking lot in Springfield at 1105 Boston Road from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Police cruisers will be right outside the exit where you can give your donation.
If you’d like to participate but not drive to the Walmart location, the police department says you can order a toy online on Walmart and have it delivered to 185 Belmont Ave. Springfield MA, 01108.
The Wales Police Department will be holding a stuff-a-cruiser event on December 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. People can drop off an unwrapped toy at the Wales Elementary School. The event will run as a drive-thru drop off.
The Warren Fire Department will be collecting toys from December 7 to December 12. They are hoping to fill a dump truck with all the toy donations! Only toys will be accepted this year.
You can bring your new, unwrapped toy to the fire department from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. December 7 to December 11 or 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on December 12.
The Westfield Police Cadets along with the Westfield Police Department will be holding their annual toy drive during multiple weekends this year.
- Sunday, November 29th from 11am-4pm Dollar General, 617 Southampton Road, Westfield
- Sunday, December 6th from 11am-4pm Play Now, located in the plaza with Big Y, East Silver Street, Westfield
- Monday, December 7th to Friday, December 11th from 5pm-7pm Westfield Police Department, 15 Washington Street, Westfield (please use the security bay side on Central Street)
- Sunday, December 13th 9am-5pm Cadet Toy Drive Walmart, 141 Springfield Road, Westfield
The West Springfield Police Department will be accepting toy donations at two events this year. residents can drop off a new toy on November 28 at the Pintus Indian Palace at 25 Park Ave. from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Officers will also be accepting toys on December 5 and December 6 at the Collins Tavern at 997 Westfield St. from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Donations will go towards boys and girls up to age 15.
If you can’t make it to either event, you can also drop off a toy during the month of November at the West Springfield Park and Recreation Department, West Springfield Police Department, or the West Springfield Mayor’s Office.
The Wilbraham Police Department will host a stuff-a-cruiser event on December 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Big Y in town.
If you or a family you know is in need of gifts this holiday in Wilbraham, you can privately message the department on their Facebook page.
Although 22News will not be collecting toys in our lobby this year, we will still be working to get a toy to every kid in western Massachusetts! You can make either a monetary donation to the local Toys for Tots campaign or you can donate a toy through the online gift registry. Buying a toy through the registry will go to the Toys for Tots drive.
Let’s make sure no local child goes without a toy this season!