Awaken your inner-Santa: Toys for Tots donation season underway

It’s getting to be that special time of year when children begin dreaming of Christmas.

But in reality, for many local children, Christmas is just that: only a dream.


(Photo courtesy Lexington Police Department)

To make sure kids have a present under the tree Christmas morning, the Lexington Police Department kicked off its annual Toys for Tots “Fill the MRAP” campaign today through Dec. 9.

To make it convenient for those who wish to express their inner-Santa, donation drop-off locations will be at Lexington’s three largest major retailers – Walmart, K Mart, and Target.

“The annual Toys For Tots campaign is a great way to provide a gift to a child who may not have a Christmas otherwise,” said Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green. “We are looking forward to the generosity of the Town of the Lexington community in filling up our MRAP vehicle with toys for those in need.”

As in years past, the objective for this year’s Toys For Tots campaign will be to fill the Lexington Police Department Emergency Services Team MRAP vehicle with toy donations. Unless needed elsewhere, the MRAP vehicle will be at each donation event, said Lexington Police Cpl. Cameron Mortenson.

Donations will be accepted until Dec. 9 and also can be dropped off at police headquarters, located at 111 Maiden Lane, on week days during business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Toys For Tots “Fill The MRAP” schedule includes events on the following days and times:

  • Nov. 18  9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Target
  • Nov. 21  9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Target
  • Nov. 22  9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kmart
  • Nov. 23  3 to 6 p.m. at Walmart
  • Nov. 28  3 to 6 p.m. at Target
  • Nov. 29  3 to 6 p.m. at Kmart
  • Nov. 30  9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Walmart
  • Dec. 2  3 to 6 p.m. at Kmart
  • Dec. 5  3 to 6 p.m. at Walmart
  • Dec. 6  9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kmart
  • Dec. 7  9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Walmart
  • Dec. 9  9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Target

Mortenson said more information and updates on the Toys For Tots “Fill The MRAP” campaign can be found on the Town of Lexington website along with the Lexington Police Department Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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