Beatrice Police Stuff the Cruiser...er, Bus... for Kids at Christmas
BEATRICE – Beatrice Police held their annual Stuff the Cruiser event over the Thanksgiving weekend, or in this case, stuff the bus.
The department’s crime scene mobile command bus was at the Walmart parking lot for four hours, on both Saturday and Sunday. People could donate a toy to be put in the bus, to be given out to children later this month. Officer Natasha Nesbitt says there was a good response to the event.
"We have seen a lot of these four-pack puzzles, which is kind of cool, because it ranges in age group from three to eight. We've had a couple of scooters and bikes, which we know that's always a popular item with the kids".
The police department partners with Walmart and the local YMCA on the toy project. "We've tried to stay ahead of the game, a little bit. We are sorting the toys by age groups, and then on December 9th, the police department will take a convoy of all of our vehicles and we'll deliver all of these bags to the YMCA. Then the YMCA's volunteers will wrap all of these gifts and they put on their winter wonderland party. That's when they distribute the toys to all the kids who have put in applications".
Nesbitt says the effort makes you feel good that you can do something for children whose Christmas might not otherwise, be so bright.
"It makes it really worth it, even if its cold outside. We have a lot of officers, a lot of volunteers from the YMCA. We even have volunteers with Walmart volunteers families who come out and help us, so, it's really good".
Police were assisting customers at the door who donated toys and games, stuffing them in the command bus parked between the two entrances at the store.