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Township Police Spread Holiday Cheer

The department is collecting toys for children in need.

The is doing their part to spread bring the holiday spirit to town.

Michael Giannone of the police department said the annual toy drive is currently ongoing. The drive, he said, is typically a big success, and he expects a similar turnout from the community this year.

"On a personal level, it absolutely amazes me to see the generosity of citizens this time of year, regardless of the economy," Giannone said. "[In] tough times, people are cost conscious and sometimes greedy, [but] you would not know that for one second in this community. The citizens in this town are incredibly generous."

Giannone said in the past residents have held holiday parties where guests are asked to bring gifts for the drive instead of a hostess gifts. The township has received small items to new bicycles for the drive.

"Some toys are typically sent to the state PBA where they in turn benefit children in New Jersey foster homes," Giannone said. "The remaining toys are typically distributed locally to charities in the area."

Toys can be dropped off at the Chatham Township Police headquarters on Southern Boulevard during regular hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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