MNR conservation officers start collecting toys this week at Stuff a Truck holiday events

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If you’re out shopping in the next few weeks, consider donating to a Stuff a Truck holiday toy collection. The annual collection, hosted by conservation officers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, has grown this year and will accept toys at locations in Chesterfield, Clare, Detroit, Dundee, Gaylord, Muskegon, Plainwell, Saginaw and Traverse City .

Stuff a Truck is a collection of new wrapped toys for the holidays, designed to collect as many toys as you need to “stuff” the back of a DNR patrol truck. All the toys are given to local children to make sure more children have gifts to open on Christmas Day.

“We are thrilled to see this important community event continue to grow across the state,” said Chief Gary Hagler, MNR Law Enforcement Division. “We hope the local communities will support this program and our agents by donating new packaged toys to one of the many event venues and taking the time to meet with their local conservation officers.”

Stuff a Truck debuted in Detroit on Belle Isle in 2019, with all toys donated to the Detroit Police Department’s Sergeant Santa program. In 2020, Detroit-based conservation officers collected and delivered over 330 toys to children in Detroit. Last year, the program partnered with Jay’s Sporting Goods to add locations to Clare and Gaylord.

This year, conservation officers will be collecting new wrapped toys (please make sure the toys are in their original packaging and without any holiday wrapping or decor) at the following Stuff a Truck events:

  • DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater St., Detroit (toys will be picked up from the curb and donated to the Detroit Police Department’s Sergeant Santa program).
    • Friday November 26, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 27, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 4, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Jay Sporting Goods, 8800 S. Clare Ave., Clare (the toys will be donated to Clare Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday December 4, 11 am-3pm
    • Sunday December 5, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Jay’s Sporting Goods, 1151 S. Otsego Ave., Gaylord (the toys will be donated to Gaylord Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday December 4, 11 am-3pm
    • Sunday December 5, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Cabela’s, 45959 Towne Center Blvd., Chesterfield (the toys will be donated to Southeast Michigan Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday 11 December 10 am-2pm
  • Cabela’s, 110, boul. is, Dundee (the toys will be donated to Southeast Michigan Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday 11 December 10 am-2pm
  • Sports Warehouse, 3500 Marketplace Circle Drive, Traverse City (the toys will be donated to Traverse City Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday December 11, 9 am-4pm
  • Cabela’s, 5202 Bay Road, Saginaw (the toys will be donated to Saginaw Toys for Tots).
    • Saturday December 11, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Walmart, 1879 East Sherman Blvd., Muskegon (the toys will be donated to the local Salvation Army).
    • Saturday December 11, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

If you are in the Detroit or Plainwell area, you can also donate toys at any of the following drop-off locations.

  • Belle Isle Park main office, located at 99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (available until December 4).
  • DNR Customer Service Center, located at 1801 Atwater St., Detroit, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (available until December 4).
  • DNR Customer Service Center, located at 621 North 10th St., Plainwell, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (available November 30 to December 9).

Michigan Conservation Officers are law enforcement officers who ensure the protection of natural resources, ensure recreational safety, and protect residents through general law enforcement and the conduct of rescue operations in the communities they serve. Learn more at Michigan.gov/ConservationOfficers.

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