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Charleston, MO stuffing police cruiser with toys for needy kids

(Source: KFVS 12 Robert Foote) (Source: KFVS 12 Robert Foote)

Charleston Police and the Charleston R-1 Schools are teaming up to collect toys for needy kids.

They are stuffing a police cruiser with toys on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.

Charleston schools resource officer Brenda Bickford has already parked one police cruiser outside Charleston High School, and expects to need at least one, maybe two, more vehicles before the end of the day.

Bickford and other volunteers will collect toys from 7:30 a.m. until noon.

The community can help by bringing by unwrapped toys for children ages newborn to 12 years old to put into the police car.

"We appreciate anything," Officer Bickford says. "We don't care if it costs $.50, we'll take anything."

Principal Kathy Browning says there are many needy students in the district that serves the City of Charleston, and Mississippi County communities like Bertrand, Wyatt, Wilson City and Anniston.

All the toys donated through this drive will stay within the district.

Browning says it's not just toys needed.

"We do need clothes, like hats and gloves because kids walk to school," Browning says. "Socks and coats would help too."

Local businesses and churches are also donating to the cause.

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