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Stuff the cruiser

Beatrice police officer Natasha Nesbitt, right, poses with a donation during the department’s Stuff the Cruiser event. People still wishing to donate to the toy drive can bring items to the police station until Monday, Dec. 9.

Members of the public supported a local toy drive this weekend hosted by Beatrice Police.

The Beatrice Police Department held its fourth-annual “Stuff the Cruiser” event at Walmart on Saturday and Sunday.

On those days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. police vehicles were stationed outside the store, where people contributed to the annual toy drive.

Beatrice Police Chief Bruce Lang said the event showcases the community’s drive to help those in need.

“It went really well, despite the incredibly cold temperatures (Sunday),” Lang said. “There were lots of folks who donated and filled that bus really full.

“It just really highlights the fact that people want to help their fellow citizens here in Beatrice, but a lot of times aren’t sure how to do that. An event like this is straightforward and it’s pretty impressive how people donated.”

People still wishing to donate to the toy drive can bring items to the police station until Monday, Dec. 9. On that day, a convoy of police vehicles will deliver the toys to the YMCA as rows of eager children look on.

No specific toys are requested, though items should be new and unopened. Monetary donations are also accepted.

YMCA staff will sort the toys and have a holiday event on Dec. 12 to distribute them.

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