DNR conservation officers begin collecting toys this week at Stuff a Truck holiday events

If you’re going to be out in the next few weeks, be sure to donate to a Stuff a Truck Christmas toy collection. The annual collection, hosted by conservation officers for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, has expanded this year to include toys at locations in Chesterfield, Clare, Detroit, Dundee, Gaylord, Muskegon, Plainwell, Saginaw, and Traverse City.

Stuff a Truck is a Christmas collection of new, boxed toys with the aim of collecting as many toys as is necessary to “cram” the bed of a DNR patrol truck. All toys are donated to local children to ensure more children have gifts to open on Christmas Day.

“We are excited to see this important community event spread across the state,” said Chief Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “We hope that local communities will support this program and our officials by donating new, packaged toys to one of the various venues and by taking the time to meet with their local conservation officers.”

Stuff a Truck originally launched in Detroit on Belle Isle in 2019, with all toys donated to the Detroit Police Department’s Sergeant Santa program. In 2020, Detroit 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, nature conservation officers are collecting new, packaged toys at the following Stuff a Truck events (please ensure that the toys are in their original packaging and free of Christmas packaging and decorations):

  • DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater St., Detroit (Toys are collected by the roadside and donated to the Detroit Police Department’s Sergeant Santa program).
    • Friday, November 26th, 10:30 am-3:00pm
    • Saturday, November 27th, 10: 30-16: 00
    • Saturday, December 4th, 10: 30-16: 00
  • Jays Sporting Goods, 8800 S. Clare Ave., Clare (Toys will be donated to Clare Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday, December 4th, 11 am-3pm
    • Sunday, December 5th, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Jays Sporting Goods, 1151 S. Otsego Ave., Gaylord (Toys will be donated to Gaylord Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday, December 4th, 11 am-3pm
    • Sunday, December 5th, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Cabela’s, 45959 Towne Center Blvd., Chesterfield (Toys will be donated to Southeast Michigan Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday, December 11th, 10 am-2pm
  • Cabelas, 110 Cabela Blvd. east, Dundee (Toys will be donated to Southeast Michigan Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday, December 11th, 10 am-2pm
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse, 3500 Marketplace Circle Drive, Traverse City (Toys will be donated to Traverse City Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday, December 11th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Cabela’s, 5202 Bay Road, Saginaw (Toys will be donated to Saginaw Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday, December 11th, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Walmart, 1879 East Sherman Blvd., Muskegon (Toys will be donated to the local Salvation Army).
    • Saturday, December 11th, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

If you’re in the Detroit or Plainwell area, you can also donate toys to one of the following drop-off locations.

  • Belle Isle Park Main Office, 99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit, Monday through Friday, 9 am-4pm (available through December 4).
  • DNR Customer Service Center, located at 1801 Atwater St., Detroit, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (available through December 4).
  • DNR Customer Service Center, 621 North 10th St., Plainwell, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, 8 am-5pm (available November 30th through December 9th).

Michigan conservation officers are fully-mandated law enforcement agencies who protect natural resources, keep recreational activities safe, and protect residents through general law enforcement and life-saving interventions in the communities they serve. Learn more at Michigan.gov/ConservationOfficers.

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