Donate A Toy To Get Out Of A Ticket

It’s a win-win for the community.

By kmvq on November 16, 2017
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It’s only November, but police in Pennsylvania are already getting into the spirit of the season by giving motorists a break.

The St. Marys Police Department just started its Cops for Kids Program, where officers waive tickets for minor traffic offenses in exchange for a toy donation.

So, instead of tickets officers hand out flyers that encourage people to drop off a donated toy at the police station instead of paying a fine.

“Our goal, first and foremost, is to engage the St. Marys community in the holiday spirit. We have no numbers in mind for this toy collection, but of course we would love to make a significant donation to Project Gifts for Elk County,” Police Chief Tom Nicklas told The Courier Express. “We hope that many, including those that were not stopped for a traffic violation, will take a few minutes to drop an unwrapped gift for a child at the police station.”

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