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Truckee police collect toys to help hospitalized children

The Truckee Police Department is collecting toys and gifts that will be delivered to children affected by debilitating illnesses at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital and the Shriners Hospital for Children of Northern California on June 4.

Law enforcement aircrews from Northern and Central California will fly helicopters over the children’s hospital before landing to distribute the gifts.

The Truckee Police Department is participating in Sacramento’s third-annual Cops for Kids Fly-In program and are asking Truckee residents for toy donations to distribute to children with terminal diseases or traumatic injuries, said Sheri Whinery, community services officer for the Truckee Police Department.

“It’s a great way to help out children, and that’s what I’m really big on,” said Whinery ” who launched the program in Truckee.

The Truckee Police Department does not own an aircraft, but members of the department will arrive at the hospital in police vehicles with lights flashing to entertain the children, Whinery said.

“It’s good to represent our community because a lot of our critically ill children from Truckee are sent to UC Davis for care,” Whinery said. “The kids love seeing the officers in uniform.”

The police department is in dire need of packaged toys to deliver to the children, such as crafts, puzzles, books, children’s movies or other toys, excluding stuffed animals. Pre-paid calling cards are also needed for the hospital-bound children to get in touch with relatives, Whinery said.

“These kids are going through a lot of stress and pain, but seeing the smile on their faces and knowing that you are making a difference is such a good feeling,” Whinery said. “It’s something they will always remember.”

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