December 22, 2016 Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis Spreads Holiday Cheer

Federation partners with KSTP Channel 5 and People Serving People this holiday season to deliver toys and host holiday festivities for Minneapolis kids and their families.

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) – This holiday season, the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis teamed up with KSTP Channel 5 for their “Stuff the Sleigh” toy drive holiday campaign, as well as People Serving People shelter to deliver presents to the children and their families staying at the shelter.

KSTP Channel 5’s “Stuff the Sleigh” collected approximately 1,500 toys during the campaign. During the campaign, the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis worked in coordination with Bike Cops for Kids, PAL, and the Community Engagement Team to wrap and distribute the toys to over 300 kids in Minneapolis.

The campaign also included a holiday party for the kids and their families. Over 100 kids and their families were able to enjoy the holiday party and festivities that were hosted at Lucy Laney Elementary School. Attendees got to take family pictures, do crafts together, decorate Christmas cookies, and eat dinner. The evening was topped off with a visit by Santa where he delivered toys to the kids. As a result of the generosity of KSTP viewers, families had to opportunity to “shop” for additional gifts for their kids.

This season, the Federation had the opportunity to bring hundreds of toys to People Serving People shelter for the families staying at the shelter over the holiday season. At this event, the Federation provided several items to help fulfill some of the critical needs the shelter had, such as providing diapers, formula, blankets, sheets, and air mattresses to the shelter.

“Teaming up with KSTP, Bike Cops for Kids, PAL and the other units within the police department gave the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis an opportunity to spread holiday cheer to many kids and families in Minneapolis,” stated Bob Kroll, President of the Police Federation of Minneapolis. “It is so important that we connect with and give back to the community members who we serve every day.”