Belchertown police hold toy drive for local children

In spite of the weather, townspeople didn't let some snow get in the way of doing the right thing

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – You could tell by the cruiser with the flashing lights there are something special going on inside Belchertown police headquarters today.

The Belchertown police department hosted a toy drive for needy children in town. In spite of the weather, townspeople didn’t let some snow get in the way of doing the right thing and helping these kids.

We finished up our driveway now we’re going over to do another project in Pelham, and on the way we decided to come down and drop off some toys as we’ve done every year.

Rick Aldrich told 22News “We know what the hours were, so I got the snow blower out, cleared up my driveway and made it up here.”

The Belchertown Police department knew from the response a year ago that the people they’re sworn to protect have big hearts and would gladly give to their toy drive this holiday season.

Mark Neely of Belchertown said “It started last year. We had such a good response we wanted to do it again. If we have leftovers we give it safe passage and they donate through Hampden County and what have you”

And after collecting toys for several hours on Saturday, the Belchertown police department had made certain, many a needy child in town would have something nice under their Christmas tree.