Quantcast
Government Police/Fire

‘Santa Cop’ Helps Collect Toys for West Hartford Social Services

Santa Cop and another of Santa's helpers with West Hartford and Farmington Police Department members at a toy drive Dec. 16, 2016, outside the Toys R Us in West Hartford's Corbin's Corner. Amanda Moffo (far right) coordinated the combined effort. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

The West Hartford and Farmington Police departments held a combined toy drive outside Toy ‘R Us in Corbin’s Corner on Friday.

Santa Cop and another of Santa's helpers with West Hartford and Farmington Police Department members at a toy drive Dec. 16, 2016, outside the Toys R Us in West Hartford's Corbin's Corner. Amanda Moffo (far right) coordinated the combined effort. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Santa Cop and another of Santa’s helpers with West Hartford and Farmington Police Department members at a toy drive Dec. 16, 2016, outside the Toys ‘R Us in West Hartford’s Corbin’s Corner. Amanda Moffo (far right) coordinated the combined effort. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

One of Santa’s helpers was stationed outside of Toys ‘R Us on Friday, and he was blue – but it wasn’t because he was sad or because temperatures were barely out of the single digits.

“Santa Cop has been really well-received,” said West Hartford Police Sgt. Tony Anderle, dressed in a Santa suit that instead of red was bright blue and included West Hartford Police Department patches and stripes.

“People are really in the holiday spirit,” said Lt. Eric Rocheleau, who heads the department’s Community Relations Division and helped organize the combined toy drive with the Farmington Police Department.

Santa Cop, and the Farmington Police Department’s red-suited Santa’s helper, collected toys as well as monetary donations from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday, filling up the back of several police vehicles in the parking lot.

Amanda Moffo, a former employee of West Hartford’s Department of Human Services who now works for Farmington Social Services, said that the donations would be evenly split between the two organizations.

Like what you see here? Click here to subscribe to We-Ha’s newsletter so you’ll always be in the know about what’s happening in West Hartford!

Santa Cop with members of the West Hartford and Farmington Police departments as well as Farmington Chief Paul Melanson (fourth from right) and West Hartford Chief Tracey Gove (next to Chief Melanson). Photo courtesy of Amanda Moffo

Santa Cop with members of the West Hartford and Farmington Police departments as well as Farmington Chief Paul Melanson (fourth from right) and West Hartford Chief Tracey Gove (next to Chief Melanson). Photo courtesy of Amanda Moffo

West Hartford Police Lt. Eric Rocheleau receives a donated toy outside Toys 'R Us. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police Lt. Eric Rocheleau receives a donated toy outside Toys ‘R Us. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Toys of all sizes and varieties were donated to the West Hartford and Farmington Police Departments' combined toy drive on Dec. 16, 2016. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Toys of all sizes and varieties were donated to the West Hartford and Farmington Police Departments’ combined toy drive on Dec. 16, 2016. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Donated toys fill the back of a police vehicle. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Donated toys fill the back of a police vehicle. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

About the author

We-Ha

We-Ha.com is the place to go for the latest information about West Hartford – a town that "has it all"! We-Ha.com is part of and proud of our community, and we bring a hyperlocal focus to news and features about the people, schools, businesses, real estate, sports, restaurants, charitable events, arts, and more. Contact us at: [email protected] or [email protected]

Leave a Comment

Translate »