Children could benefit from extra cheer year-round, but especially during the holidays. In December 2021, Bloomington Police Department delivered toys and gifts to more than 75 children in the community.
“It’s an amazing thing to see the community working together to make the lives of children a bit brighter,” Bloomington Police Department’s Crime Prevention Specialist Katie Zerull said.
This event was made possible due to generous donations from the community. The BPD received gifts, including Legos, dolls, games, and tech accessories from community members and businesses.
Children were nominated by police department staff, social workers, schools and organizations in Bloomington. Recipients included children who may have lost a parent, children under the guardianship of someone other than their parent or families experiencing financial hardship.
The gifts for each child or youth were hand-selected and wrapped in the police department before making that delivery—not in a sleigh, but a squad car—to their residence.
“To see the excitement and joy on a child’s face and to bring some love to the community—this is what holiday season is all about,” said Zerull.
The BPD was honored to organize this event and make this season a bit merrier. They are already looking forward to doing it again next year.