The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has begun its annual Holiday Toy Drive and Fill-The-Box Campaign.
LCSO has partnered with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 69 and Cole’s Closet to help donate toys to fill closets with toys for children while they are at the hospital and to help less fortunate kids that during the holidays.
Cole’s Closet was created in 2002 by Ellen and Steve Tomczyk after they lost their 6-month-old son to an undiagnosed brain disease. The Tomczyks spent four months in and out of area hospitals where they experienced first-hand the anxiety and fear families face when a child is hospitalized. They began a toy drive at a family holiday party one year after Cole passed away and since then they have donated more than 16,000 new toys to area hospitals. For more information about Cole’s Closet, visit colescloset.org.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 69 sponsors the annual Cops and Kids shopping program in conjunction with Target in Sterling. This year, the organization is also collecting toys from the community to go towards providing underprivileged children with a few presents. The FOP was founded in 1915 and it is committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation. For more information, visit vafop.com/.
LCSO is asking community members to donate new, unwrapped toys to bring holiday cheer to children ages infant to 17. Donations will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 through Dec. 13 at any LCSO Station.The drop-off locations are:
- Eastern Loudoun Station, 46620 E. Frederick Drive in Sterling
- Ashburn Station, 20272 Savin Hill Drive in Ashburn
- Dulles South Public Safety Center, 25216 Loudoun County Parkway inChantilly
- Western Loudoun Station, 47 W. Loudoun St. in Round Hill
- LCSO Headquarters, 803 Sycolin Road SE in Leesburg
Your donation will help make a difference in the lives of children with uncertain futures. For more information, call 703-777-0625.