PHOTO:  An image to the boat from last year's "Fill the Boat" Toy Drive.  Posing in front is a young donor.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  An image to the boat from last year's "Fill the Boat" Toy Drive.  Posing in front is a young donor.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

Cape Police Partner with US Coast Guard for Annual “Fill the Boat” Toy Drive

 

(December 11, 2013)- Next  Monday and Tuesday,  December 16th and 17th, The Cape Coral Police Department and the US Coast Guard will be at the Walmart Supercenter located at 1619 Del Prado Blvd from 12:00 noon-8:00 PM each day for their annual “Fill the Boat” toy drive.

This is the 7th straight year that the Cape Coral Police Department and US Coast Guard will be running the event. Each year, roughly 2000 toys are collected.

The event in Cape Coral was started by Cape Coral Police Officer (and US Coast Guard Reserve) Matt Squires seven years ago.

A US Coast Guard Vessel will be parked outside of the entrance of Walmart and the goal is simple- fill the boat with toys!

Purchase a new, unwrapped toy and simply put it in the boat. At the end of the toy drive on Sunday, the toys will be taken to the Cape Coral Police Department where they are then distributed to children in need throughout Cape Coral in time for the holidays.

“We’re proud of our partnership with the Coast Guard and the Fill the Boat campaign that benefits this community each year.  Since its inception, "Fill the Boat" has collected and distributed 11,600 toys.  Cape Coral is both a tremendously generous city as well as a city with many children in need. Please come out and support this fantastic event.”-Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

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