Give Back To Your Community This Holiday Season
As people give thanks during the holidays, many often think of ways to give back to their community. The City of Golden Valley Police and Fire Departments are involved in multiple holiday outreach programs to help community members in need.
GVPD’s Toys For Tots Drive
The Golden Valley Police Department’s Toys For Tots collection is an annual tradition in collaboration with police from multiple departments. On the last collection day, they all meet in Golden Valley, load their cruisers with donated gifts, and parade to the KARE 11 drop-off site.
To donate, bring new, unwrapped toys to the GVPD at 7700 Golden Valley Rd (open 24/7) Dec 1–14 (last day by 3 pm). The GVPD cannot accept monetary donations.
For those wanting to watch the parade, the route starts at the GVPD and follows Golden Valley Rd to Boone Ave/ General Mills Blvd to the KARE 11 parking lot in time for the 5 pm news program. For more information, contact Commander Steve Johnson at 763-512-2502.
Shop With A Cop
In collaboration between the Golden Valley Police Department and Noble Elementary School, Shop With A Cop provides children in need with Target gift cards to be used for family gifts during the holiday season.
Children will spend an evening shopping with officers and other GVPD staff, followed by dinner and gift-wrapping. To donate before Dec 10, contact Police Chief Jason Sturgis at 763-593-8059.
Be A Santa To A Senior
Back for the fifth year, the Golden Valley Fire Department’s Be A Santa To A Senior program provides gifts for seniors who might not otherwise receive any this holiday season.
To participate, go to the Golden Valley Starbucks (7802 Olson Memorial Hwy) starting the week of Nov 12, pick a bulb from the tree, and bring back the requested gift before Dec 10. The gifts will be delivered Dec 22 by the Golden Valley Fire Family, a group of firefighters and their families.
For more information about Be A Santa To A Senior, contact the Golden Valley Fire Department at 763-593-8057.