Michigan DNR Hosting Annual Toy Collection Occasion, Expanding To Multiple Cities – CBS Detroit

(CBS Detroit) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is hosting its annual Stuff a Truck Christmas toy collection through December 11th.

Officials say the event has expanded this year and conservation officers will be accepting toys at locations in Chesterfield, Clare, Detroit, Dundee, Gaylord, Muskegon, Plainwell, Saginaw and Traverse City.

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“We are excited to see this important community event spread across the state,” said Chief Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “We hope the 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 their local conservation officers.”

The toy collection initially began on Belle Isle in 2019 with toys donated to the Detroit Police Department. Officials said in 2020 DNR conservation officers in Detroit collected more than 300 toys and delivered them to children in the city.

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The program partnered with Jay’s Sporting Goods last year to add locations in Claire and Gaylord.

New, packaged toys can be dropped off at the following locations:

(Make sure the toys are in their original packaging and free of any 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 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 27th, 10.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 4th, 10.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Jays Sporting Goods, 8800 S. Clare Ave., Clare (Toys will be donated to Clare Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday, December 4th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Sunday, December 5, 12 a.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 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Sunday, December 5, 12 a.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 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Cabelas, 110 Cabela Blvd. East, Dundee (Toys will be donated to Southeast Michigan Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday, December 11th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • 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, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 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 to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (available until December 4th)
  • DNR Customer Service Center, 1801 Atwater St., Detroit
    • Tuesday and Thursday, 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (available until Dec. 4)
  • DNR Customer Service Center, 621 North 10th St., Plainwell
    • Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (available from November 30th to December 9th)

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