On Monday Lt. Tom Keegan, who heads the Police Silver Shield Association was busy posting flyers around town announcing the annual Toys for Tots drive. “This year is a bit different,” he explained.
“Silver Shield is taking over the toy drive at the request of Dave Theis,” Keegan said, referring to the former Greenwich selectman who passed away suddenly a year ago.
According to Keegan, Jack Kriskey and Veronica Staplefield organized the drive for many years in cooperation with the US Marine Corps Reserve in New Haven.
“They were looking for someone to take over the project and approached the Silver Shield. Of course we said yes,” he said, adding that the Police Explorers will be heavily involved.
Anyone wishing to help is asked to drop off new unwrapped gifts appropriate for children at the Cos Cob Fire House on Dec. 12 from 10:00am til 2:00pm. The fire house is located at 200 East Putnam Ave. “The Marines will be there with a giant truck,” Keegan said.
Alternately, gifts can be dropped off at the police station during the Battle of the Badges blood drive on Dec. 5 which runs from 8:00am and 1:45pm.
Once the toys are collected, the Marine Corps distributes them to children throughout the area.