Toy drive success: Beaverton Police Department
Last month, the Beaverton Police Department collected toys for children in need. It was the 15th year of the toy drive and the department served a record 117 children. “The holidays are a time for giving and what better way to do that than to serve the less fortunate in our community,” said Officer Matt Henderson.
Throughout the year, the Beaverton Police Department receives requests and referrals from around the community. Consuelo Star, from the Community Service Division at the Beaverton Police Department, processes the requests. “We place giving trees around the station and city staff breakrooms along with several collection barrels around the city. People are excited to give and the number of families we are serving increases each year,” said Star.
Youth are referred to the program by community partners from the Beaverton School District, the Union Gospel Shelter for Women and Children, the Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center, and the Beaverton Sobriety Opportunity for Beginning Recovery (B-SOBR) program.
Officers and police department staff members delivered the donated gifts on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. “Seeing the joy a simple gift brings to some of the children in our community is an unforgettable experience and really makes you thankful for what you have,” said Star.
If you would like more information about this event and others like it, contact the Community Service Division at the Beaverton Police Department.