Marion PD gears up for 12th annual toy drive

Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 5:05 PM CST
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MARION, Miss. (WTOK) - Over the last 12 years, The Marion Police Department has given away thousands of dollars’ worth of toys to children.

The toys help families, not just in Marion, but all over East Mississippi and West Alabama. With this year being so difficult, Chief Randall Davis is making the toy drive even bigger.

“This year is more special than any of our toy drives. We are dealing with COVID-19 and it was difficult to decide whether I was going to do it or not. Something put something on my mind and said, ‘Hey, Randall, go do it,’” Davis explained.

It’s tough to show just how many toys the department has collected this year. Chief Davis’ office is now a toy workshop; so is another office and a storage unit.

“You have to figure, with COVID-19, people are struggling more than they normally do. That’s why we have to continue to try and help our community. Guess what? We are going to open our doors to everyone,” Davis said.

This year, there will be raffles for big-ticket items like basketball goals and a TV. They are also making sure everyone is safe.

“Of course we are going to be following CDC guidelines. People need to come masked up and we will be sanitizing the whole time,” Davis said.

The Marion Police Department Christmas toy distribution will be Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Hamasa Temple Shrine building in Marion. It starts at 1:30 p.m. and goes until they’re out of toys.

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