As it does every year around the holidays, the Mountain View Police Department is looking for new, unwrapped toys and clothing, as well as gift cards and cash, for its "Cops that Care" program.
Now in its seventh year, Cops that Care aims to provide holiday gifts to children whose families may not have the means to purchase gifts on their own. This year, police expect that 1,700 local children through age 18 will visit the "North Pole" -- i.e. the Police Department -- on Saturday, Dec. 19 to select a toy or gift item from among the donations.
Donations before that time can be brought directly to the Police Department at 1000 Villa St. Checks should be made out to the Mountain View Police Activities League (MVPAL), with "Cops that Care" indicated in the comment section.
Last year, police had to make a last-minute push to receive enough toys from the community, so the sooner donations are made, the better.
The actual event will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Parents must provide some type of proof to verify their child's affiliation with Mountain View, such as a driver's license with a Mountain View address, a school report card or student ID card.
For more information, contact Officer Ron Cooper at (650) 903-6712.