The Belle Plaine Police Department and the Rotary Club are teaming up for this year’s holiday toy drive.
Typically, the organizations have separate initiatives, with the police department giving toys to local children in need and the Rotary Club donating gifts to the CAP Agency in Shakopee, an organization that distributes toys throughout the county.
This year, the plan is to join forces and distribute all gifts locally, though if there are more toys donated than needed, the Rotary Club may look to donate the extra to other locations.
The 2020 giving period kicked off on Nov. 16. Toys will be collected until Dec. 22 at 12 p.m.
All toys should be new and unwrapped. Gifts are accepted for children up to 17 years of age.
Realistic looking toy weapons and gifts with food, if donated, will not be distributed. If you aren’t sure what types of gifts to purchase for pre-teens, the police department recommends gifting sporting equipment, board games, books, or hand-held electronics.
Anyone can drop off their donations at Coborn’s Grocery Store, First National Bank, Corner Stone State Bank, Matt Saxe Chevrolet-Buick, Our Lady of the Prairie Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Town and Country Hardware Hank, and the Belle Plaine Police Department.
Families in need of toys can make reservations to pick up toys starting on Dec. 14 and ending on Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. Due to COVID-19, families will need to call ahead to make reservations for toys. The staff will pick out the requested toys and meet the families in the police department parking lot. The public will not be allowed inside the building.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the police department at 952-873-4307.