By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
The Port Isabel Police Department Police Association is once again holding its annual toy drive to benefit the children of the Lower Laguna Madre region.
Children and their parents can stop by the police department to register for a gift between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, said Chief of Police Gualberto “Wally” Gonzalez. Registration is extremely important, since the gifts will be sorted according to age range, the chief said. “It’s very important that they come in and sign up,” he said. “Whatever they sign up for is what they’re going to get.”
Registration will remain open until Dec. 15. The toy giveaway itself will take place at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center on Friday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.
The toy drive is a police department tradition dating back to before Gonzalez took over the reins as the City’s top cop, and it’s just as important to him as it was to his predecessors, he said. “It’s a way to give back to the community,” he said. He added it also gives children and the community a chance to see police officers outside of a law enforcement environment. “It’s for the kids to see us in a positive manner,” he said.
Donations of new and unwrapped toys can be left at the police station, located at 110 W. Hickman Ave., Walgreen’s, Dollar Tree, or at the Port Isabel South Padre Press offices located at 101 Maxan St. Officers will also be accepting donations at Walmart between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. most evenings. Monetary donations are also welcome, the chief said.
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