BRISTOL - Bristol police had one of their most successful toy drives this year thanks to support from the community and local businesses.
“Every-body stepped up and we really had a great toy drive,” said Lt. Richard Guerrera, who organizes the charitable collection each year and brings the toys to the local Salvation Army.
“We must have gotten more than 1,000 toys,” the lieutenant continued. “I lost track. It was an incredible amount of toys.”
A couple of weeks into the toy drive, Guerrera feared police wouldn’t be able to produce as many gifts as they have in years past for the Salvation Army, which distributes them to needy families. But with the help of a little extra publicity, the community relations officer found himself almost unable to keep up with the city’s generosity.
“There were people coming in with boxes and boxes of stuff,” Guerrera said. “It was unbelievable. The community really stepped up.”
Guerrera said a number of local businesses also helped out, holding their own smaller toy drives and donating them to police.
“This was one of the most successful toy drives I’ve ever been involved in,” the lieutenant said. “As long as I’m here I plan on doing it every year.”
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.