The city of Auburn Public Safety Department will start their annual toy drive this month, following a tradition of over 40 years.
Drop off locations include the Auburn Fire Division Station, Auburn Police Division, and two Uncle Bob’s self-storage venues will be accepting unwrapped gifts for children ages two to eight years old. No cash donations will be accepted.
Oct. 4 is the official kick off for the event.
Registration is open from Oct. 4–Nov. 9 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10–11 a.m. at the Auburn Police Division, according to a city press release.
“The toy drive was first started by Lieutenant John Dunn, who saw it as a way to provide Christmas gifts to those families less fortunate in the Auburn community,” said Police Captain Lorenza Dorsey.
Dorsey said in the beginning the drive helped many families in Auburn, but has grown to 3,000 toys being donated to 250 kids as of last year.
“The Auburn community is very special,” Dorsey said. “They support each other. The generosity of this community is like no other, it’s absolutely amazing. The Auburn Public Safety Department is proud to be part of something that helps the community we serve and support. It’s a bonus that the toy drive is something that brings a smile to a child’s face on Christmas morning."
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