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UK police seek donations for ‘Cram the Cruiser’ holiday toy drive

Photo by Mandi Banahan

LEXINGTON, Ky.  The University of Kentucky Police Department is seeking donations to “Cram the Cruiser” again this holiday season. This is UKPD’s fourth annual toy drive for UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH).

From now until Dec. 17, new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the UK Police Department Headquarters at the corner of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue on campus. UK Police hope to cram a police cruiser full of new toys.

The KCH wish list of acceptable items by age can be viewed here: https://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/kentucky-childrens-hospital/donations/wishlist. Toys and books for children of ages infant to teen will be accepted. Items must comply with infection control and safety standards. Online giving to the KCH Child Life Department is also an option at the above link, and monetary donations can be made online as well at https://uky.networkforgood.com/causes/5413-child-life-program-gift-fund.

“This has been a tough year for everyone, and being involved in our community to help kids in the hospital who are away from their homes is something everyone at UKPD holds close to our hearts,” said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. “The Cram the Cruiser event is a tradition for our department, and we invite the UK and Lexington communities to help make this year the most exciting one yet for the kids at KCH and their families.”

Delivering the toys to Kentucky Children’s Hospital is so special for Monroe, he trades his police uniform for a full-blown Santa Claus suit. He even sports a full gray beard after participating in No Shave November fundraising.

For more information contact Mandi Banahan at 859-218-2338 or [email protected].