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ACPD, Salvation Army Holding Holiday Toy Drives for Arlington Children

ACPD Santa(Updated at 6:25 p.m.) Arlington organizations are asking community members to help bring some holiday cheer to children throughout the county this month.

The Arlington County Police Department is holding a toy drive and The Salvation Army is running its Angel Tree Program for residents to sponsor a child in need.

The ACPD’s Holiday Toy Drive started yesterday and will run through next Friday, Dec. 11.

The department is seeking donations of new, unwrapped toys suitable for children ages 1-17. They’ll also oversee the collection and distribution of the toys.

There are two scheduled collection events for the drive, both called Operation: Fill The Cruiser. Residents can stop by during designated hours to drop off donations and meet Santa.

The locations, dates and times for these events are:

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Parking Lot (830 23rd Street S.) on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Lyon Village Park (1800 N. Highland Street) on Friday, Dec. 11, 4-6 p.m.

For those who can’t make the collection events but still want to contribute, there’s Operation: Stocking Stuffer. The department has also set up donation boxes at businesses and organizations around the county.

Donation boxes can be found at the following locations:

  • Arlington County Police Department (1425 N. Courthouse Road)
  • Bracket Room (121o N. Garfield Street)
  • Don Tito (3165 Wilson Blvd)
  • Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant (555 23rd Street S.)
  • The Liberty Tavern (3195 Wilson Blvd)
  • Mister Days (3100 Clarendon Blvd)
  • Whitlow’s On Wilson (2854 Wilson Blvd)

Residents who would prefer to donate gifts to a specific child can do so through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. It’s a regional holiday assistance program that pairs individuals or groups with children in need.

Those interested can register for the program online. In doing so, they agree to sponsor a child or family in Arlington by purchasing toys, clothing, bikes, games and other gifts for them.

The program also needs volunteers later this month to help move, sort and distribute the gifts.

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