AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Because of the hard work by the men and women at Auburn Police and Fire Departments, hundreds of kids will be able to wake up on Christmas morning excited with lot of presents under their Christmas trees.
Last year they collected more than 3,000 toys and were able to help 240 children.
This year Captain Lorenza Dorsey is hopeful that they will exceed what they did last year.
"We are blessed to be in this community the generosity of the people in this community, it's just crazy," Capt. Dorsey said. "We have grown every year so far and we are having a great year so far and we are looking to have another great year."
One of the most unique parts about this toy drive is how easy it is to benefit from it. A family that would like to receive toys simply needs to show proof that they live and Auburn and have children and that is it. No background checks, no financial statements, simply proof of residency and the toys are yours.
The Captain expressed how thankful he was to be apart of this drive. These public safety officers are also working on this toy drive on their time off. The
collection ends on Friday, Dec. 18 and then Captain Dorsey and his team will get to work.
"We will collect all the collection bins and we will bring the toys here, and we take a large training room that we have here at the police division and we will sort the toys out into age appropriate groups," Capt. Dorsey said. "And then once they are sorted we will take the list of the kids and we will start to bag up toys for those kids."
This is the thirty-fifth year of the Auburn Department of Public Safety toy drive. It began in 1980 under the command of Lieutenant Dunn and has been growing ever since.