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University of Kentucky Police want to 'Cram the Cruiser' with toys for Kentucky Children's Hospital

Posted at 12:28 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 17:42:26-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — It's time to ‘Cram the Cruiser’ full of toys! For the third year, the University of Kentucky Police Department is collecting items for kids at UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children's Hospital.

A cruiser is parked is out in front of the department and will be filled with toys and books for patients.

"These are helping the kids who can't leave the hospital and spend Christmas at home with their families,” said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. “We're really trying to make an impact for the kids, so they really have a great Christmas."

New, unwrapped toy donations can be dropped off at the department any time until Friday, Dec. 13. Also, money raised during the department's "No Shave November" fundraiser will go towards buying items.

In 2018, the department was able to fill up two cruisers full of toys and this year, they hope to do the same.

"If we can do more than that, that is phenomenal and we're excited about that,” said Monroe.

At the end of the toy drive, Monroe will lead a group in bringing some cheer to the hospital.

“I've got the Santa beard going on and I'll have the Santa costume on, and we'll be delivering these toys to the kids,” said Monroe.

Instead of toy donations, gift cards to Amazon, Walmart, Target, iTunes, Google Play, movie theaters and other child-friendly stores can be donated.

Monetary donations can be made online by clicking here.