Toy Drive a Huge Success

The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department concluded its 11th Annual Toy Drive when 12 human service and law enforcement agencies accepted more than 1,000 new toys to less fortunate children in Burlington County for Christmas.

“This community service continues to be the most rewarding and satisfying service for us every year,’’ Sheriff Jean E. Stanfield said. “The people of Burlington County never disappoint us,’’ she continued. “They are kind and generous, and I feel privileged to serve those kinds of people while helping those less fortunate.’’

The Sheriff’s Community Service Unit, with assistance from the Senior Services Unit and Civil Process Office, coordinated the drive by setting up 50 different drop-off points throughout the county, and by contacting and arranging with the agencies to pick up and distribute the toys. The toy drive was directed by Sheriff’s Agent Melissa Weincyzk.

In addition, Boys Scout Troop 24 dropped off four large bags of toys to donate.

Sheriff’s Officers began picking up the toys from dropoff locations on Monday. Renee Borstad and her staff of inspectors from the Office of Consumer Affairs inspected all the toys for safety hazards, and removed those that might pose safety or health hazards to young children. Those toys will be distributed to older children.

The agencies who accepted the donated toys were Division of Youth and Family Services; Servicios Latinos; Foster and Adoptive Family Services; Family Services/Aspire Youth Program; Delaware House of Catholic Charities; Sisterhood; Faith Chapel Zion Church; COLEAH; and Burlington County Day Care Center. Also, boxes of toys will be delivered to Burlington County Special Services School, and the Cinnaminson and Pemberton Township police departments for distribution to designated families.

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Author: Press Release-Burlington County

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