Posted Monday, December 14th, 2015

The Morris County Park Police once again are seeking donations of toys to be distribute during the holiday season to needy children of all ages to help make their holiday a bit brighter.

This toy drive, which was started in 2002 by Sgt. Timmy Abline, has grown in to a major annual donation program in Morris County. Now held in memory of the late Sgt. Albine, the annual program encompasses his vision of providing a touch of happiness to children who are in need.

Photo of the Toy Drive in 2013

Photo of the Toy Drive in 2013

Morris County residents are asked to donate a new toy and drop it off at any of one of the four locations:

  • Morris County Park Police Headquarters,  300 Mendham Rd., Morris Township
  • Haggerty Education Center, at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Township
  • Mennen Sports Arena, 161 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Township
  • St. Virgil’s Parish, 250 Speedwell Ave., Morris Plains

Last year, thanks to the generosity of Morris County residents, and with the assistance of the Morris County Park Commission, Morristown-Beard School, and Exxon’s Retired Executives program, the Park Police collected and donated more than 4,000 toys, exceeding their goal.

“It is a privilege and a joy to help make the holiday season brighter for children and families,” said program coordinator, Lt. Gabe DiPietro, of the Morris County Park Police. “While we successfully exceeded our goal, with everyone’s help, there remains a greater goal to do more to meet the needs of all our underserved children.”

For more information or to donate, please contact Lt. Gabe DiPietro at 973.326.7632.