Methuen Police Department Hosts its Annual Toy Drive; Receives 1,000 Children’s Wishes

The 2019 Methuen Police Giving Tree. (Courtesy photograph.)

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Methuen Police Department is hosting its annual toy drive to benefit children in need this holiday season.

Police are working with Debbie’s Treasure Chest, which provides aid and support to families in need during the holidays. This year Debbie’s Treasure Chest has received close to 1,000 wishes.

A “giving tree,” decorated with snowball-shaped tags holding one child’s wish for a toy, is set up in the roll call room at the Methuen Police Department. Toys can be for boys and girls of all ages, but no food can be accepted. Those who would like to donate have until Dec. 23 any may bring new, unopened and unwrapped gifts to the Methuen Police Department, 90 Hampshire St.

Last year, police and community members donated approximately 2,100 toys and granted 820 wishes to children in Methuen and throughout the Merrimack Valley. This year, the department is seeking to match, or exceed, those numbers.

Toys collected will be presented to various social service agencies on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at the event center at Everett Mills, 15 Union St., Lawrence.

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