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Tualatin Police Department running a stuffed animal drive

'Stuff-A-Trunk' seeks to benefit Tualatin children in need this holiday season

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE TUALATIN POLICE DEPARTMENT - Jennifer Massey of the Tualatin Police Department is surrounded by some of the stuffed animals that have been donated so far to the 'Stuff-A-Trunk' campaign.The Tualatin Police Department has been collecting stuffed animals throughout the year, and with the holidays approaching, it is making one last push for donations.

The Stuff-A-Trunk stuffed animal drive is an idea that came from when Police Chief Kent Barker worked at the Keizer Police Department, police spokeswoman Jennifer Massey explained.

“We're going to be, around the holidays, donating them to less fortunate kids in Tualatin,” Massey said of the stuffed animals being collected.

The drive is running “right up until the holidays,” she said.

“We kind of leave it open,” she said. “Any time during business hours, bring them by. We'll accept them anytime.”

The Tualatin Police Department is located at 8650 S.W. Tualatin Road. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

At special events where donations have been accepted, the department has used a Mini Cooper to provide a visual of how it hopes to fill up an entire car with stuffed animals, Massey said.

She added, “We could realistically probably fill up several cars at this point — but keep 'em coming.”

Police are accepting new and "like-new" stuffed animals as part of the drive. Massey said that includes stuffed animals that have been used and loved by children, as long as they are still in good condition.


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