Members of the Menlo Park Police Department Explorers program worked with local law enforcement and the Menlo Park Fire Department to host a coat, toy and food drive. The event took place on Dec. 16.
Explorers walked through various neighborhoods between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. The youth reportedly went door to door to ask residents if they were able to make a donation to one of three different organizations: Toys for Tots, Second Harvest Food Bank and One Warm Coat.
Those interested in giving were asked to either hand items to the Explorer volunteers or to leave them on the front porch. If you do not live in an area which was part of the door to door effort but are still interested in making a tax-deductible contribution you may do so by dropping items off at the Menlo Park Police Department lobby. Their lobby is located inside the Civic Center at 701 Laurel Street.
Unopened, unwrapped toys can be delivered to Toys for Tots bins throughout the station. Donations can be made through Dec. 23. Persons interested in donating canned or non-perishable food items may also do so via the Toys for Tot’s bins. An additional Second Harvest Food Bank bin will be situated in the lobby of the Menlo Park Police Department. Food items can be dropped off through Dec. 19.