Garrett police fill cruisers for special mission in the season of giving

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GARRETT, Ind. (WANE) – Help an area police department complete their mission with a holiday drive this season.

The Garrett Police Department invites the community to spread cheer with Operation: Fill a Cruiser.

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., police were in front of their building collecting toys, children’s clothes and cleaning supplies to give to kids this holiday season. Only new and unopened toys are accepted and given to ‘Garrett Claus’ to be distributed to kids in Garrett.

“Throughout the year, we do a bunch of runs, on houses that do have the city of Garrett children, and especially ones that do attend the Garrett school programs,” said reserve Sgt. Amanda Thomas. “We get to see the lives that the children deal with here and Garrett. So at the end of the day, the police department does find great joy in knowing that at the end of the year, during Christmas time, we can partner with Garrett Claus and provide presents for them so that the kids don’t have to wake up Christmas morning and not have presents.”

This is the third year for the toy drive and the department was able to fill two cruisers, as well as received monetary donations to make Christmas a little brighter for families.

“We give them families once they sign up, and we kind of delegate by their interests ages, and we just sort through the toys and then hand them out about like a week or two before Christmas,” said Garrett Claus coordinator Cassidy Kennedy. “I’m just really thankful for everybody that helps out like the team here and then the community. I’m very thankful for all of it because it wouldn’t be possible without anyone here.”

The Garrett Police Department is located at 200 N. Cowen St. in Garrett.

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