Omaha & Ainsworth, Neb. — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) are asking for the public’s help with multiple efforts to support local families in need during the Christmas season.
NSP, in partnership with the State Troopers Association of Nebraska (STAN), will host multiple events in the coming weeks to accept donations of toys and other items for local children.
“These efforts come directly from our troopers because they care so much about their communities,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.
Troopers and Investigators in Omaha will hold two Toy Patrol events, with all donations going to children served by the Ronald McDonald House of Omaha. The first event will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 at Sam’s Club located at 132nd and L streets. The second event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 at Crossroads Mall.
Troopers will be on hand to greet members of the public and help stuff an NSP cruiser with donations. Donations could include new toys for children ages 3 to 15, as well as year-round items needed to support families at Ronald McDonald House, such as diapers, paper towels, box meals, and more. You can find a complete list of the requested items at statepatrol.nebraska.gov.
Troopers in Ainsworth will once again team up with the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, Ainsworth Fire Department, and Central Valley Ag for the third annual Toy Drive to raise donations of toys and winter clothes for local children in need.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, December 14, NSP will have a cruiser on hand to stuff with donations at Viaero Wireless in Ainsworth. Donations can include new toys for ages newborn to 18 as well as new or gently used cold weather clothes such as coats, hats, gloves, and boots.
“From the Toy Patrol and Toy Drive, to Shop with a Cop in many communities around the state, troopers love interacting with children and making the season brighter,” said Col. Bolduc.