Christmas has come early for sick and disadvantaged kids in the NSW Riverina region, with the delivery of some special gifts by local police.
The NSW Police Riverina District officers, along with members of the community, have collected hundreds of gifts that will benefit the Multicultural Council of Wagga Wagga, the Wagga Women and Children’s Refuge, as well as the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital Emergency Department.
Yesterday, officers from Wagga Wagga Police Station handed over gifts to the Wagga Women’s and Children’s Refuge. Police will deliver the remaining gifts to the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital Emergency Department on Christmas Eve.
Police officers, local businesses, schools and the community have donated hundreds of gifts over the past eight weeks, as part of the Annual Toy Drive.
A wide range of toys have been donated, including Lego, books, dolls and arts and crafts.
Riverina Police District, Acting Inspector Barry Roberts, said the response has been incredible.
“It never ceases to amaze me, the generosity of our local community and businesses to bring a smile to those doing it the tough at Christmas time,” Inspector Roberts said.
“If we can bring some extra cheer and allow these kids to forget their pain and where they are on Christmas day, then we’ve done our job right.”
The annual Toy Drive is a partnership between NSW Police, the Murrumbidgee Local Health District and local community organisations.