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Bloomington Police holiday season toy drive

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Bloomington Briefing Published November 1, 2021
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In the spirit of giving, the Bloomington Police Department is organizing a toy drive this holiday season. The drive will begin on Friday, November 26 (the day after Thanksgiving Day). Suggested donations include new unused toys, electronics and gift cards. Donations can be dropped off at the front counter of the Police Department, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road. 

Detective Chad Clauson began the toy drive in 2002. Early on in his career as a patrol officer, when he responded to incidents in the City during the holiday season, Detective Clauson noticed there were instances where he did not see a Christmas tree in the house or apartment. Or, if there was a Christmas tree, there were no gifts underneath it. 

“It wasn’t the fact the parents did not want to get gifts for their kids. It was the fact they could not afford them,” Detective Clauson said. “To me, that is all I needed to start up the toy drive.”

The toy drive will continue into the middle of December. For more information about the toy drive, visit
blm.mn/toydrive or call 952-563-4900. 

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