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West Hartford Police Hosting ‘Stuff a Cruiser’ Toy Drives

West Hartford Police Department Community Relations Officers David Santoro (left) and Peter Kisela at a Stuff a Cruiser donation drive outside Target in Bishops Corner. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

The West Hartford Police Department’s holiday drives benefit families in need at the town’s elementary schools.

By Ronni Newton

The West Hartford Police Department have hosted several holiday donation drives this season, and have two more “Stuff a Cruiser” events this month, all to benefit West Hartford families.

Ofc. Peter Kisela and Ofc. David Santoro of the Community Relations Division were stationed outside the Target store at 333 North Main Street in Bishops Corner, collecting toys, games, and other items – as well as financial donations that will be used to purchase pajamas and other items needed by local children.

Kisela said the social workers from the town’s elementary schools “shop for their families” from the items that the department has collected at the donations to ensure that children receive holiday gifts. “It’s a partnership,” he said.

Some of the items on the wish list include Pop Its fidget toys, craft kits (for example jewelry making), sports balls, sports-related games, street-reducing squishies, board games for people of all ages, Legos, LOL dolls and related items, laptop cases, wireless mouses, and Mini brand items including the Mini Mart. Donations of any other new unwrapped toys (other than toy weapons), gift cards, books, and age-appropriate movies, as well as new clothing items in sizes from infant to adolescent, are also welcome – other than items with safety hazards like sharp edges or easily breakable parts.

Kisela and Santoro will be back at the Bishops Corner Target on Friday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and will return for the final donation drive outside Target on Friday Dec. 16 from 2 until 6 p.m.

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