Columbus Police Department Community Relations Officer Rhonda Sanders spoke to the Exchange Club December 1 about the CPD Toy Drive.
Sanders has been a police officer for 16 years and has been in community policing for seven years.
“We have a Christmas toy drive every year,” she said. “This year we’ve got 302 kids on our list. There is a big need this year – last year we served about 200. It was kind of a stretch, so we decided this year we’re going to do about 150. But this year we couldn’t turn people down. We’re taking donations of money or unwrapped toys. We will be collecting toys until the twentieth. You can bring them down to the police department and drop them off.
“The kids that we serve don’t have much,” she said. “They have some of the things that they need, but they probably will never have many of the things that they want. Think back to when you were about 10 years old and it was Christmas morning and you could hardly sleep. When you came to the living room you saw lots of toys. Can you imagine waking up to no tree and no toys? Just one unwrapped gift will be a big help. You can bring a lot of joy to someone’s Christmas.”
Toys may be dropped off at CPD Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. or Friday, Saturday and Sunday anytime at the east side entrance. Monetary contributions are welcome, too; please make checks payable to Columbus Police Explorers. For more information contact Rhonda Sanders at 662-244-3500 or 662-251-7355.