Each year, the students in Kris Hughes' and Kim Patrick's classes at Kibler Elementary raise funds through a craft sale in order to purchase toys for the community children who will benefit from the Enumclaw Police Cops for Kids Program.
This year, they were able to raise $1,500, said Officer Dustin Lobdell, who met the students on campus this year to pick up the toys they went shopping for Thursday at Target.
In the past, students typically make the walk from Kibler to the police station, carrying their toys with them, but threat of inclement weather Friday morning cancelled those plans.
Nonetheless, the students remained impressed by the police presence at their school. While posing for a group photo with their toys, they opted to say 'police,' rather than the standard 'cheese.'
The toys will be added to the program's growing collection. Community members have also been dropping donations off at designated drop boxes around town as well as at the police station. The collection effort cultimates in the Santa Party next Saturday, Dec. 15 at Danish Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. when students are able to come meet Santa for a photo and pick up their toys. Those who can't make it will receive their toys via deliver on Wednesday, Dec. 19 beginning at 9 a.m.
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