The Oakland Police Department's Annual Christmas Toy Drive is underway. Through Dec. 19, the department will be collecting toys at various locations throughout town. Collection boxes are set up in the lobbies of the Oakland Police Department, Town Hall, Arts and Heritage Center, Oakland Avenue Charter School, CrossFit Trailside, West Orlando Power Sports, and Tractor Supply.
Donations should be new and unwrapped for children from newborn to 17 years old. Gift cards to toy stores or department stores are welcome as well.
“Each year, residents and businesses have generously donated to our toy drive, which we greatly appreciate,” Oakland Police Chief Darron Esan said. “By helping us spread the joy this holiday season, you are making a difference in a child’s life.”
Financial donations will be accepted until Dec. 14. Checks should be made out to the Town of Oakland with “PD Toy Drive” written on the memo line. Cash or checks can be dropped off at the police station or mailed to the Oakland Police Department, P.O. Box 521, Oakland, FL 34760.
In addition to donations, the Oakland Police Department has also been able to purchase hundreds of toys due to financial contributions.