Stuff The Cruiser
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The Punxsutawney Borough Police Department is holding its first annual Stuff the Cruiser event. The event is a partnership between police, Community Action, Inc., and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Police officers will be accepting unwrapped, new toys to brighten a child's Christmas until Dec. 18. The toys will be given to the Toys for Tots program and help about 500 children in Jefferson County up to 16-years-old. Chief Matt Conrad said as a veteran, he's a strong supporter of military programs that help local families in need. Bob Cardamone from Community Action, Inc. said it takes collaboration to have a successful toy distribution. "It's all about partnership and team effort," Cardamone said. "Community Action Inc. takes the lead role with the United States Marine Corps but if it wasn't for the stores, churches, schools and businesses we would not be able to make this happen. This is truly a strong partnership." There are more than 30 other drop-off locations for toys throughout Jefferson County, including the Gingerbread House at FEMCO along Route 436. "FEMCO wanted to participate with the Gingerbread House because of the young children in the area that weren't able to have a Christmas from their parents," said Joel Kyser, Vice President of Operations at FEMCO. Gifts can be dropped off at the police station from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those wishing to donate after hours should call 814-849-1617 and ask for a police officer to be dispatched.