Special to Iredell Free News

The Statesville Police Department is kicking off the 2023 Fill the Trailer Toy Drive, a community initiative aimed at spreading holiday cheer to families in need. Many families in our community face financial hardship and are unable to provide the extras that make the holiday season special for their children. The SPD hopes to make a significant difference and bring joy to these families.

Event Kickoff

The official kickoff for this year’s Fill the Trailer Toy Drive will take place at Pumpkinfest in Downtown Statesville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 4. Residents are invited to new, unwrapped toys or gifts suitable for children and teenagers from birth to age 17 years. The SPD will be set up at Tradd and Broad streets.

Donation Ideas

Suggested gifts include:

♦ Board games, cards, travel games, puzzles, and books;
♦ Sports-related items, including footballs, basketballs, soccer balls;
♦ Electronic handheld or portable games;
♦ Manicure sets, hair & nail accessories, fragrance sets;
♦ Hat & glove sets, scarves;
♦ Art & drawing supply sets, craft sets, educational toys; and
♦ Remote-controlled vehicles, toy cars, action figures, dolls

The SPD cannot accept gift cards, monetary donations, clothing, stuffed animals, or food items.

Donation Drop-off Location

You can drop off your donations at the Statesville Police Department Headquarters, located at 330 S. Tradd Street in Statesville, in the designated drop-off area through December 15. If you prefer to contribute via online ordering, you may have your items shipped to the same address.

Additional Toy Drive Dates

SPD officers and staff will be present at the Walmart Supercenter at 1116 Crossroads Drive on the following dates from 12 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 11;
Saturday, November 18;
Saturday, November 25;
Saturday, December 2; and
Saturday, December 9 

“Let’s come together as a community and make this holiday season a special one for those in need,” the SPD said. “Your generosity can bring smiles to the faces of children and families who deserve a little extra holiday magic.”