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Final push begins for police deptartment toy drive

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It’s that time of the year when Farmington police chief Brian Lindquist holds his breath just a little bit.

He’ll be able to breathe easier come Saturday, after another Toys for Town gift drive is over and done. But in the days before wrapping and distribution, Lindquist is always a little anxious there might not be enough donations to go around.

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The worry has always proved unnecessary. Every year, the community comes together and donates enough toys, gifts and cash to serve the families in need in Farmington.

As of Sunday, 189 children from 68 families were scheduled to receive gifts through Toys for Town. That’s down from 217 children and 84 families last year, Lindquist said.

The donations are coming in this week, too. On Monday, he received several emails from businesses around town that had bins of toys ready to go. He’d also received donations from a couple of Farmington’s schools.

On Wednesday, he planned to go through and count the items received so far, then go shopping with members of the Farmington High School Tiger Leadership Club on Thursday to pick up the extra items needed.

The age group he usually comes up short in is boys and girls, ages 10-14.

“That’s what I need,” he said. “I could give 10 toys for every kid ages 5 to 10, but we always come up short for the 10-to-14 kids.”

Residents can continue to make donations through the end of the week, he said.

Wrapping and distribution will take place Saturday morning at Farmington High School, starting at 9 a.m. When it’s done, Lindquist can breathe his sigh of relief.

“Every year this community pulls together, and I have no doubt they will pull together and do it again this year. I sit nervous as could be up until Saturday, and then everything comes together. I’m always in awe,” he said. “It is the best way to start off the Christmas season.”

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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