DNR conservation officers collecting toys for local children


Conservation officers at the curbside 2020 Stuff a Truck event located at the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center; officers collected more than 330 toys. Conservation officers will host a 2021 curbside event at the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center Friday, November 26, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, November 27, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, December 4, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Michigan Department of Natural Resources)


Anyone out and about shopping over the next few weeks might consider donating to a Stuff a Truck holiday toy collection. The annual collection, hosted by Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, has expanded this year and will be accepting toys at locations in Chesterfield, Clare, Detroit, Dundee, Gaylord, Muskegon, Plainwell, Saginaw, and Traverse City.

Stuff a Truck is a holiday collection of new, packaged toys, with the goal of collecting as many toys as it takes to “stuff” the back of a DNR patrol truck. All toys are donated to local children to ensure more children have gifts to open on Christmas Day.

“We’re excited to see this important community event continue to expand throughout the state,” said Chief Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “We hope that local communities will support this program and our officers by donating new, packaged toys at one of the several event locations, and taking the time to meet their local conservation officers.”

Stuff a Truck originally started in Detroit on Belle Isle in 2019, with all toys donated to the Detroit Police Department’s Sergeant Santa program. In 2020, Detroit-based conservation officers collected and delivered more than 330 toys to Detroit children. Last year, the program partnered with Jay’s Sporting Goods to add locations in Clare and Gaylord.

This year, conservation officers will collect new, packaged toys (please make sure the toys are in original packaging and free of holiday wrapping and décor) at the following local Stuff a Truck events:

• DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater St., Detroit (toys will be collected curbside and donated to the Detroit Police Department’s Sergeant Santa program).

  Friday, November 26, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  Saturday, November 27, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  Saturday, December 4, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Jay’s Sporting Goods, 8800 S. Clare Ave., Clare (toys will be donated to the Clare Toys for Tots).

  Saturday, December 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  Sunday, December 5, noon-4 p.m.

• Cabela’s, 45959 Towne Center Blvd., Chesterfield (toys will be donated to Southeast Michigan Toys for Tots).

  Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Anyone in the Detroit area can also donate toys at one of the following drop-off locations.

• Belle Isle Park main office, located at 99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (available until December 4).

• DNR Customer Service Center, located at 1801 Atwater St., Detroit, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (available until December 4).

Michigan conservation officers are fully commissioned law enforcement officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational safety and protect residents through general law enforcement and conducting lifesaving operations in the communities they serve. Learn more at Michigan.gov/ConservationOfficers.

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