The 32nd Annual Salem Police Toy Drive started this week with the same commitment and enthusiasm police officers had back in 1986.
Toy donations came in on Friday from a local family. “Not only did the Cline Family bring in toys, they also gave us a $1,000 check to make sure we purchased even more gifts for Salem children in need,” said Support Division Lieutenant Ben Bales who supervises the department’s Volunteer Services Section. With donations from the public, the toy drive is able to gift toys to approximately 250 families each year.
Toys should be new and unwrapped for children up to the age of 14 years. Donations of wrapping paper and tape are also needed. Toys will be accepted through December 12.
Residents can stop by the Salem Police Department at their convenience to make their donation as the lobby is open to public around the clock. However, to make donation drop-offs more convenient, the department connects with local businesses who kindly open their locations as donation collection sites and include:
- Cycle Country, 4764 Portland RD NE
- Dow Pediatric Dentistry, 140 Ramsgate Square S, #110
- Salem Electric, 633 7th ST NW
- White Oak Construction, 2455 River RD S