Wanted: Public?s help with Cops for Tots program

Published on Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Greer Police Department isn’t a public service that frequently asks for help from the citizens it protects. But with less than two weeks before the annual Cops for Tots distribution of toys, they can use some help.

“At this time of the year we’re a little more behind than we usually are,” Lt. Jim Holcombe said. 

The police department will accept toys and donations through Dec. 16 with distribution scheduled Dec. 17 at Greer City Hall.

Holcombe said the annual goal has been to distribute toys to 500-plus children. They can select one big, one medium and two or more little presents.

Holcombe suggested that formula might have to be adjusted if the quantity or donations received are less than previous years.  “The police is the face of this but we depend on the community to support it,” Holcombe said. “People know we can’t do it without them.”

Holcombe said the police department is respectful of other agencies requesting holiday donations and has purposely not marketed the program. “They are all good agencies competing for the right cause,” Holcombe said.

Officers accompany the children as they make their selections – one big, one medium and two or more little presents. The parents are chauffeured into a separate waiting area so the children make their own selections. 

New and unwrapped toys, for infants through age 12, can be delivered until Dec. 16 to the Police Department lobby at 102 S. Main Street during regular business hours. Monetary donations are accepted and will be used to purchase toys. The public is reminded to include batteries.

Call 848-2151 for more information.


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