URI Police spread holiday spirit with annual toy drive

Stuff-A-Cruiser event Dec. 15, 16

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KINGSTON, R.I. – Dec. 5, 2018 – Each holiday season, most children look forward to receiving new toys, dolls, games, and other gifts. However, many families are unable to buy that special something for their children.

For this reason, the University of Rhode Island Police Department is asking local residents to donate to its 4th annual Stuff-A-Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Walmart, 1031 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown. All toys donated to the police department are distributed to several social service agencies in South County as well as Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

“Last year, Stuff-A-Cruiser was our most successful community policing event, and we were able to collect more than 5,000 unwrapped toys,” said URI Police Maj. Michael Jagoda. “I would like to thank my sworn and civilian staff members who volunteer for this event. They are truly making a positive difference in our community and put a lot of hard work, dedication, and time into planning and volunteering for this great cause. The need is even greater this year, and we are hoping to exceed what was collected last year.”

For those who cannot drop by Dec. 15 or 16, the University of Rhode Island Police Department is accepting toy donations at the URI Police Station, 85 Briar Lane, Kingston, R.I.

To volunteer for the Stuff-A-Cruiser event or make a donation, contact URI Police Officer Paul Hanrahan or Maj. Michael Jagoda at 401-874-4980.

Alexa Stewart, intern in the Marketing and Communications Department at URI and public relations and communication studies major, wrote this press release.