Annual Sergeant William Alvarez Toy Drive
The Cape May Police Department is conducting its annual Sergeant William Alvarez Toy Drive to give back to the community.
In order to make it as safe as possible, this year we are asking that anyone wishing to donate an unwrapped toy or gift to bring it by the Cape May Police Department and drop it off in our lobby.
In this year of COVID, it appears our community need may be greater than in previous years. Thank you to everyone who can help!
Cape May Police Department
“On behalf of the entire Cape May Police Department, we hope this finds you safe and well. This holiday season will undoubtedly be a bit different for everyone, and many are facing difficult times.
While the true meaning of Christmas can be found in time spent with loved ones, that may not be possible for many as we attempt to stay safe in these new times.
To spread some extra cheer for local children each year, in memory of Sergeant Bill Alvarez, the Cape May City Police Department collects and distributes gifts and necessities to anyone in need. However, with the challenges and consequences of Covid-19 throughout 2020, we anticipate there will be many more families seeking assistance from this charity due to personal and financial hardship.
To try and give as many children as good a holiday as possible, we are asking those who are willing and able, to please make a donation either via this page, or directly to the department in the form of checks, cash, or unwrapped toys for children of any age. Funds collected go directly to purchasing gifts and items greatly needed.
Pickups for donations can be arranged by calling 609-884-9500. Additionally, if you or someone you know is in need of assistance with the holidays this year, please call the department and ask for Dorann Heminway or Dawn Kennedy as soon as possible and we will be happy to help.
We thank each and every one of you in advance, and sincerely wish you and your families a healthy and happy holiday season.”
The annual toy drive was initiated by Sergeant William Alvarez to benefit disadvantaged children in the area. With every passing year the program grew, and more officers and their families volunteered to help with the program.
After Sgt. Alvarez passed away suddenly on 11/14/2005, the Cape May Police Department decided to continue the toy drive and rename it in memory of Sgt. Alvarez.
Please share and donate as you feel led and are able.
Thank you, John, for this reporting on this worthy project. Hopefully your publicizing of it will lead many to participate.