SOMERS — With the top of the “Stuff A Cruiser” toy drive quick approaching on Dec. 10, the group has already pitched in to donate sufficient toys and presents to fill a police cruiser thrice over, mentioned Trooper First Class Michael Hevey.
The Somers Resident State Troopers’ workplace, which Hevey oversees, partnered with the Somers Ladies’s Membership to carry the annual toy drive this yr below the route of the city’s Social Providers Division.
Hevey praised the turnout from the group for the toy drive, particularly contemplating the constraints placed on folks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He mentioned he was initially hesitant about holding such a toy drive, however “folks actually stepped up.”
“Even with the best way issues are proper now, individuals are nonetheless stepping up and serving to the much less lucky,” he mentioned. “It’s nice to see.”
Starting on Nov. 23, an unlocked police cruiser with its home windows rolled down and trunk open was positioned exterior the troopers’ workplace at 451 Fundamental St. Between 7 a.m. and seven p.m., members of the group have had the chance to fill the cruiser with donated toys.
After the drive ends on Thursday, the toys shall be taken to social companies, which can distribute them to needy youngsters within the city at Christmas.
Mary Sersanti of the Somers Ladies’s Membership mentioned whereas organizers had no definitive purpose relating to the quantity of toys they hoped to gather this yr, there was an outpouring of help from the group.
“The group may be very beneficiant, so there’s a vital variety of toys this yr,” she mentioned.
The drive goals to gather toys and presents for kids of all age teams, from the very younger as much as highschool age, she mentioned. All sorts of toys and presents have been accepted, from stuffed animals, video games, and science kits to sports activities gear corresponding to baseball gloves or soccer balls.
“It’s all the time essential to attempt to attain out and assist folks in your group,” Sersanti mentioned. “In COVID occasions, slightly little bit of cheer is an efficient factor to supply, and reaching out is a big a part of the ladies’s membership.”