Time to Stuff a Cruiser on the Tolland Green

Troopers will be out collecting gifts next month.

Photo Credit: Chris Dehnel
Photo Credit: Chris Dehnel
'Tis the Season to arrest a toy and stuff it inside a police car. 

The State Police Stuff-A-Cruiser toy and gift collection program has been scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Tolland Green.
State police from Troop C are again challenging area residents to help them stuff their cruisers with new, unwrapped toys and gifts.

Troopers will also be accepting gift cards and monetary donations. The toys and gifts collected will be distributed to less-fortunate children in the towns served by Troop C, as part of Operation Team Spirit, the annual statewide State Police toy drive. 

The Troopers, assisted by the Tolland Public Safety Explorer Post, will be in their cruisers on the Green to greet everyone dropping off gifts. Gifts will be given to children up to age 17 and there is a "significant need" for holiday gifts or gift cards for children and teens ages 8 to 14, state police said. 

Troop C serves the towns of Ashford, Ellington, Mansfield, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon and Willington.

From now until Dec. 14, gifts and monetary donations will also be accepted at the Troop C barracks on Route 74 in Tolland and at the Human Services office in the Hicks Municipal Center. 

For additional information, call the Tolland Resident Trooper’s office at 875-8911; Troop C at 896-3200; or Tolland Youth Services at 871-3612 or 871-3648.
mark bradnan November 22, 2013 at 09:01 PM
I don't want to sound like the Grinch but, are the kids in the towns that troop C serves really that needy? Will they receive the donated cash as gifts? Can we just calculate the cost to pay the " Operation team spirit " police and the human services office and use that money to buy gifts for our less-fortunate children? Or how about using the tax payer funded "Operation team spirit" money and gifts for the inner city kids.
LocalGuy November 23, 2013 at 02:10 PM
There may not be as many folks in need as in other areas, but there are many families which are struggling right here in this area. Plus, some folks feel better knowing they are helping someone in their local community. And I don't believe that the expense of what the CSP is doing nor the basic assistance provided social services adequately covers the joy that I want to share with people during this season. I applaud their efforts to help.


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