Need for Holiday Toy Donations Grows During COVID ACPD organizes 7th annual fill the cruiser toy drive

Police car lights blink in the Harris Teeter parking lot to pinpoint the location of the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) 7th annual Fill the Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive Wednesday night. Boxes wrapped with festive green and purple dinosaur paper line the path set up for the drive-thru toy donation. Participants stay in their vehicles until their turn to drive up to the unloading area, and police officers help unload their donations. 
FRK9 Brooks with his handler Officer Regina Ryan, both assigned to the ACPD Community Outreach unit. 


Ten-month-old Police Service dog FRK9 Brooks stands nearby, tail wagging with each passing car. His handler, Regina Ryan, says they have been together since his arrival last July. Brooks arrived from 1st Responder Canine and has been assigned to the Community Outreach unit where he will interact with the community at ACPD events.

A small boy looks wistfully out his window as two police officers accept his family’s donations through the car window. 

In pre-COVID years small children would skip around the parking lot clutching their puzzles, books, Legos and gaily dressed dolls and head to deposit the toys themselves.

The ACPD toy drive began Nov. 11 at Ballston Quarter and ends Dec. 3 at Arlington Assembly of God at 4501 N. Pershing Drive. The seventh annual toy drive requests new unwrapped toy donations, which will be distributed to community organizations throughout the month of December.  In the past the trunks of the police cruisers would fill up quickly and have been replaced this year with a police trailer. 

Toys may also be donated at police headquarters located at 1425 N Courthouse Road at the second floor Administrative Support Unit front counter until Dec. 10.

Fill the Cruiser Events

Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; 830 23rd Street S.

Friday, Dec. 3 at Arlington Assembly of God, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; 4501 N. Pershing Drive