By Edward Cardenas
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – A semi-truck filled with Michigan-made toys were delivered Tuesday to the Detroit Police Department for the Sergeant Santa Toy Donation program which is being run in conjunction with WWJ Newsradio 950.
More than 10,000 toy buses, which came in a variety of colors, were donated by the Detroit Section Society of Plastics Engineers.
“It feels really nice to give back to a community I’ve grown up in,” said Dawn Cooper, of UniPlas which has organized the toy donation with the local SP.
During the past 15 years, the society has donated nearly 500,000 toys to local charities. The donated toys come from a number of companies including:
- Plastic resin from Chevron Phillips Chemical,
- Production time, packaging and assembly was donated by Walled Lake-based American Plastic Toy. The toys were manufactured in Rose City,
- The labels were donated Maple Press in Troy
- Transportation of the toys was donated Hollingsworth.
The Sergeant Santa program is another effort by Chief James Craig and officers in the Detroit Police Department to build a stronger relationship with the community.
“The police department is only as good as the community that they serve. This is just another way for us to reach out and show the importance of our relationship with them and how much we do care,” said Detroit Police Officer Adam Madera, who appreciated the donation. “A lot of children are going to be able to have a Christmas this year.”
In addition to the donation from SPE, additional Sergeant Santa recruits include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy, Tim Hortons, Ultimate Fun Productions’ Santa Hat Hustle in Royal Oak, DPD and WWJ Newsradio 950 employee collection efforts.
Chief Craig, along with other members of the Detroit Police Department, WWJ’s Jackie Paige and others will deliver toys on Thursday to various families in the Detroit.
Donations of toys are still being accepted through Dec. 17 at any
Detroit Police Department Precinct or by making a monetary donation to purchase toys
for children in Detroit.