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Letter: Thanks for making Toys for Town a success

Another Christmas has come and gone and the residents of Farmington should be proud of their generosity to those less fortunate. When I was promoted to chief I had no idea the monumental task ahead of me. Chief Siebenaler had started the Toys for Town program and ran it successfully for 18 years. This year was another year of economic roubles for some, which resulted in the program's largest demand to date. It would be impossible for me to remember everyone who played a role, so I will tro to thank everyone this way.

Thank you to everyone who: collected toys, donated money, donated toys, organized fundraisers at their school, helped register requests for service, provided guidance and leadership for fundraising groups, helped catalog toy donations, helped shop for kids on the list, provided transportation for toys, transported food and divided it for delivery, provided a venue large enough to accommodate wrapping and delivery, helped set up the toys for wrapping, wrapped gifts Saturday morning and helped Santa deliver toys and food Saturday morning.

Farmington is a community of almost 22,000 residents and it wasn't all that long ago when we were less than half that. As we continue to grow, an unavoidable side effect is anonymity. It will become increasingly more difficult to know everyone who lives on your block or in your neighborhood. I believe this program helps us to bridge those small gaps. Farmington is unique in our approach to offer a program like Toys for Town.

It is my privilege to be part of it and I thank all of you for that opportunity.

Brian A. Lindquist,

Farmington police chief