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Toy donations sought

December 07, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Usually at this time of year when West Virginia State Police troopers aren't busy catching criminals, they're busy collecting toys.

Lately, though, that hasn't been the case.

Unlike in past years when the lobbies of state police detachments have been full of toys, few toy donations have been dropped off at state police barracks so far this year.

Sgt. Eric Burnett said it's a problem elsewhere as well, with some detachments in other parts of the state collecting only three or four toys.

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"Statewide, there's been nothing," Burnett said. "I think it's (because) people just don't know about it."

Once the toy collection program ends Friday, officials with the Salvation Army will collect the toys and give them to underprivileged children during the holidays.

Toys should be new and can be dropped off at any of the three State Police detachments in the Eastern Panhandle:

· The Berkeley County detachment is at 14 Trooper Drive, Martinsburg - off Edwin Miller Boulevard.

· The Jefferson County detachment is at 409 Industrial Blvd., Kearneysville, W.Va. - behind the county's health department.

· The Morgan County detachment is at 1750 Valley Road, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. - off U.S. 522.

A secretary is present at each detachment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Collecting toys is one of many programs local state troopers are involved with during the holidays. Over the past weekend, several troopers took children to a local store for the Shop With a Cop program, Burnett said.

For people who want to drop off a toy or toys, no site is better than another, Burnett said.

"Anything that people want to give to the kids," he said. "It's just for the kids."

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