(December 22, 2015)-  As you saw from our posts on social media yesterday, the Cape Coral Police Department got the chance to brighten the Holidays of about 40 families during our 13th Annual Shop With a Cop.  Over the next couple of days, we get to continue making a difference in the lives of Cape Coral families, thanks to what we accomplished during our 9th Annual Fill the Boat toy Drive that happened over the weekend.

This year, we thought our efforts might fall short.  Typically, Fill the Boat is a 3-day event.  This year, due to inclement weather on Friday, it was cut to only two days.  However beautiful weather on Saturday and Sunday brought out the people and the community really stepped up to the plate.

“We had a really good day on Saturday.  We were really happy to se what people were willing to give to make a difference for kids.  On Sunday, people doubled what they gave on Saturday!  We had people running after us as we were breaking down the display, giving us last-minute donations of toys or money.  We were blown away.”- Corporal Kelvin Thompkins, Cape Coral Police Department District Resource Coordinator.

Donations poured in from individuals and business all over Cape Coral and Southwest Florida.  The wife of of our officers reached out to several Dollar General stores in the area.  The managers of these stores (MacGregor Blvd., Chiquita Blvd., Skyline Blvd., andSan Carlos Blvd.) heeded the call, setting up collection bins in their stores and making donations themselves.

PHOTO:  Managers of four Dollar General stores in the area stepped up to help Cape Coral Police Department collect toys for the fill the Boat toy Drive.  (Photo Courtesy of Kimmy Leger)

PHOTO:  Managers of four Dollar General stores in the area stepped up to help Cape Coral Police Department collect toys for the fill the Boat toy Drive.  (Photo Courtesy of Kimmy Leger)

PHOTO:  The spouse of one of our officers reached out to several Dollar General stores and helped with the collection of toys for the Fill the Boat Toy Drive, donating time to collect, organize, and repackage the toys into small gift bags to help our volunteers.  (Photo Courtesy of Kimmy Leger)

PHOTO:  The spouse of one of our officers reached out to several Dollar General stores and helped with the collection of toys for the Fill the Boat Toy Drive, donating time to collect, organize, and repackage the toys into small gift bags to help our volunteers.  (Photo Courtesy of Kimmy Leger)

“The community has overwhelmed us…and our Patrol office, with its generosity.”- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.  The video below shows what a portion of the donations looks like after it was unloaded, sorted, and prepped for packaging and wrapping:

Over the next couple of days, Cape Coral Police Department personnel and volunteers will be making visits to families in need, bringing holiday cheer.  “The caring that people showed us and the outpouring of support to make Fill The Boat a success was truly humbling.”- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

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