Police are once again looking to the public for assistance — only this time it’s not to help solve a crime.
The Niagara Regional Police are rolling out their annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive in support of Niagara families in need.
The drive, being run for the first time by the auxiliary unit, is to help collect toys for less fortunate children and help provide food for those who need it during holiday season.
Members of the public, expected to be the “backbone” of the drive’s success, are asked to drop off any non-perishable food items or new (unwrapped) toys to any NRPS office in the region.
Donation bins have set up in the lobby areas at all locations for the exception of the Niagara Falls headquarters, where donations will be accepted at the front desk.
All donations remain and are distributed within the communities they are donated.
Police say community groups have all indicated the need for non-perishable food items, particularly food that’s high in protein.
They note to be mindful of the age group 9 to 14 when considering donating a toy, as this age group is often overlooked.
Police will also be at the Walmart on Vansickle Rd. in St. Catharines collecting donations on Dec. 16 and 17.