Oak Forest police add to Toys for Tots support
December 30, 2013 4:24PM
Santa and members of the Oak Forest Police Department load up toys for the Toys for Tots program. | Supplied photo
Updated: February 13, 2014 6:04AM
The Oak Forest Police Department plans to expand its Toys for Tots program in 2014.
On Dec. 18, members of the department loaded a large amount of donated toys into a squad car and delivered them to the 2nd Battalion 24th Marines Headquarters in Chicago in support of the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation. The toys provide children who otherwise might not experience Christmas with some joy, according to the Oak Forest Police Department.
The department was challenged just five days before the delivery date by “Santa,” who offered to escort the delivery team and toys if just one more box could be filled. That challenge was met, and the department was able to fill a squad car for the delivery, according to a release from the police department.
Details on an expansion of the program in 2014 will be forthcoming, the release said.
The Marines Toys for Tots Foundation is ranked No. 70 out of the Philanthropy 400 and continues to move up each year, the release said.
For more information about the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation, future events or how to help the members of the Oak Forest Police Department support the program, email Sgt. Scott Durano at SDurano@Oak-Forest.org or contact him at (708) 687-4050, Ext. 1239.