ST. MARYS — The St. Marys Police Department is giving back to the community two-fold — by waiving traffic violations in the hope that people will donate toys instead for those in need.
The program began on Monday and according to Police Chief Tom Nicklas the community’s reaction thus far has been overwhelmingly positive.
“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,” Nicklas said. “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.”
Several months ago, Nicklas was approached by one of the officers in the department who had seen a similar program run by a police department in Texas.
He and two other officers took the idea and developed it for use locally to benefit Project Gifts for Elk County, who we have worked with for a number of years.
“I am proud to work with a group of such charitable officers,” Nicklas said.