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Club collects toys for police to give to children in tragic times

A group of Madera women, who want to help console potentially endangered or neglected children, have donated toys for police officers to give away when they make official contact with these kids.

The toy drive started about six months ago within the Madera Women’s Improvement Club. On Friday, Secretary Rebekah Ralston delivered two large plastic bags filled with mostly new and some used stuffed animals on behalf of the club to the Madera Police Department. Ralston explained the aim of the project to police officer Brett Prieto, who was pleased to see the group’s efforts.

“It’s great. I love it. It’s good. Hopefully we don’t run out because all the little kids want stickers right now. So when we start giving these out, they’re going to start bombarding us, asking for toys,” said Prieto.

Ralston said she and about 35 club members hope to maintain the trunks of police cars stocked by donating every six months. Although it is a club project, they will also take donations from the community, she said...


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