The tradition started after officers responded to a crash on interstate 35 and County Road 46. A pickup truck hit a pine tree, knocking it over. The driver was arrested for DUI and was uninjured in the accident. It was the weekend before Thanksgiving, and officers decided to put up the tree for the holiday.
"Once the tree was up, it needed some presents underneath," writes Kornmann. "Another officer had a good idea: Why not collect for Toys for Tots? As a result of that one night, we continue to collect toys for those in need."
The toy collection started on Nov. 27 and will continue until 12 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19.
Drop off new, unwrapped toys at the following locations:
- City Hall: 20195 Holyoke Ave.
- Police Station: 9237 183rd St.
- Fire Station #4: 9465 185th St. W.
- Water Treatment Facility: 18400 Ipava Ave.
- Central Maintenance Facility: 7570 179th St. W.
Monetary donations are also accepted. Write checks to: Toys for Tots Twin Cities.