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Demand is high as Farmington's Toys for Town drive begins

It was a busy week for Farmington Police Department receptionist Marjoire Boese and her coworkers.

On Oct. 31 Boese started collecting names of families for the department's 2011 Toys for Town gift drive. One week later, she already had 25 families on her list.

It seems like 2011 is going to be a big year for Toys for Town, Boese said, just because her phone started ringing as soon as the police department started taking calls.

"I have not stopped fielding calls," she said. "We're off to a really early start."

Last year, Toys for Town delivered gifts to 87 Farmington families. This year, for the first time, the police department is setting a cut-off date for families to register. All registrations should be made by Friday, Dec. 9, even though wrapping and distribution date will not take place until Saturday, Dec. 17. That will give FPD time to assess the needs list and try to make any necessary accommodations.

That means there will likely be an even bigger need for donations this year. A number of collection sites have been set up around the community, and the police department is now accepting monetary donations, as well.

Donations are being accepted at: Anchor Bank, Farmington Lanes, Boeckman Middle School, Castle Rock Bank, Farmington City Hall, CVS Pharmacy, Dodge Middle School, Dunn Bros., Farmington Food Shelf, Farmington High School, Farmington Vet Clinic, Hadler Chiropractic, Pilot Knob Pizza, Farmington Police Department, Rambling River Center, Rising Stars, RoundBank, Savers Choice, Tan Ambitions and American Family-Pam McCarthy Agency.

Toys will be collected until Friday, Dec. 16. For more information or to be placed on the family recipient list, call the Farmington Police Department at 651-280-6700.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  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 American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also 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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