The Salvation Army, Police-sponsored Explorer Post, organizers of the Run, Run Rudolph 5K, Dirt Divas and University City Partners have joined together to collect new toys and books (unwrapped, please) and clothing for children ages infant to 17. The CMPD Explorers will collect donations Dec. 4-15 at many locations throughout Charlotte and distribute to those in need.
How individuals can help – Toys, books and clothing (winter coats, hats and gloves are especially welcome) can be dropped off 8 am-4 pm weekdays at the University City CMPD office (8401-120 University Executive Park Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262) or at the Salvation Army warehouse (7100 Forest Point Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28217).
How businesses can help – Businesses can sponsor drop-off points for the Christmas Project as well as hold their own toy drives in support of ours. If you’d like have a collection box at your business, contact Officer Chad Webster soon at firstname.lastname@example.org . Boxes will be delivered the week of Nov. 27. Businesses wishing to hold their own toy drive can drop off collected items at the locations above by Dec. 15 or contact officer Webster to arrange a pickup.
How runners and others can donate on race day – Participants in the Run Run Rudolph 5K/10k as well as the general public can bring donations to the race on Dec. 16. The event will start and finish at David Taylor Corporate Center, 10101 David Taylor Drive in University Research Park.
Proceeds from the event will fund trail bikes and gear for young trail-rider enthusiasts (identified through the Trips for Kids program). Click here to learn more about the event and toy drive.