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Crystal Lake police begin annual Toys for Tots drive

Donations can be made at police department

Lance Cpl. Richard Stanger-Dyer and Sgt. Anthony Bui talk to Russell Vazquez of Crystal Lake about the toy sword he is donating to Toys for Tots in 2016 outside the Toys “R” Us outlet store in Gurnee Mills. Russell was at Gurnee Mills with his parents, Rick and Stephanie, and sister, Alexsa. The Crystal Lake Police Department began its annual toy drive Monday.
Lance Cpl. Richard Stanger-Dyer and Sgt. Anthony Bui talk to Russell Vazquez of Crystal Lake about the toy sword he is donating to Toys for Tots in 2016 outside the Toys “R” Us outlet store in Gurnee Mills. Russell was at Gurnee Mills with his parents, Rick and Stephanie, and sister, Alexsa. The Crystal Lake Police Department began its annual toy drive Monday.

CRYSTAL LAKE – Police started collecting Toys for Tots on Monday.

The Crystal Lake Police Department is a participating agency in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ yearly Toys for Tots program, where new toys are given to the less privileged during the holiday season.

“Without the tremendous contributions from our citizens, this program would not be successful,” community relations officer Eddie Pluviose said in a news release. “This year, the police department will be at it again.”

Police will be collecting toys until Dec. 18 for this year’s drive. Anyone who wants to donate toys for kids can go to the Crystal Lake Police Department, 100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake.

Only new and unwrapped toys will be accepted. Those donating can drop the toys in the Toys for Tots box in the department’s lobby, which is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to
7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The lobby is closed on weekends and holidays.

Although Toys for Tots started in 1947 in California and still is a nationwide program, all donations will stay local and benefit children in McHenry County.

“Let’s help make a child’s holiday season a little merrier this year,” Pluviose said in the news release.

The Toys for Tots program has distributed more than 313 million toys to 151 children in 60-plus years of existence.

To learn more, contact Pluviose at 815-356-3731 or epluviose@crystallake.org. For information on the Toys for Tots program, visit www.toysfortots.org.

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