Tompkins Sheriff, Ithaca Police, and Cornell Police team up to deliver 1,050 bags of holiday cheer

December 16, 2015 by Rachel Cera

The simple name of "Cops, Kids & Toys" masks just what an impressive operation this is. This week, the local team effort of Tompkins County Sheriff's Department, Ithaca Police Department, Cornell University Police Department, Dryden Police Department, Cayuga Heights Police Department, Groton Police Department, and New York State Police Troop C delivered 1,050 bags of toys, gifts, and holiday supplies to area families who can't afford much holiday cheer on their own.

CUPD Officer Vanessa Bentley and IPD Chief John Barber in the midst of a busy toy delivery day. 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.CUPD Officer Vanessa Bentley and IPD Chief John Barber in the midst of a busy toy delivery day. 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.Cops, Kids & Toys relies on donations from community members and local businesses, as well as volunteer time sorting toys. The Triphammer Marketplace provided a storefront for sorting and storage, Dryden Hotel was the site of a fundraising breakfast and toy collection point, and lots of businesses including the Trumansburg Subway, The Haunt, Bowl-o-Drome, and Ithaca Walmart hosted collection points or fundraisers.

Collected toys await delivery. Photo provided.Collected toys await delivery. Photo provided.This project dates back over thirty years, and involves law enforcement officers from every agency in Tompkins County, as well as the Tompkins County Probation Department, and dozens of volunteers.

Anyone who was on the list for a holiday delivery but didn't get one can call 607-592-2506. Applications are closed for this year, but requests for next year can be submitted before December 1st at copskidsandtoys.org.

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