Salisbury Police Dept. helps raise gifts for Toys for Tots

Published 12:10 am Saturday, December 5, 2015

Rowan County Toys for Tots will be collecting new, unwrapped toys at the Krispy Kreme on West Innes Street until 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Toys for Tots campaign started in October, but every year they take a weekend and camp out at Krispy Kreme, local Toys for Tots organizer Arbe Arbelaez said. Along with members from the Salisbury police and fire departments, Arbelaez camps out at the Krispy Kreme the entire weekend, sleeping in a tent on the roof. So if someone drops off a toy in the middle of the night, he’ll be there.

“We are not closing,” he said, “we don’t leave.”

All of the toys or monetary donations gathered are used to provide children in Rowan County with toys for Christmas. Parents who aren’t able to provide their children with presents can apply with Toys for Tots to receive a donation. Arbelaez estimates that every year he receives 800 to 3,000 applications. Thanks to the generosity of the people of Rowan County, he’s been able to make sure every one of those children received a toy.

With your help, Toys for Tots will meet that goal again this year.