November 28, 2015 the Colorado State Highway Patrol held it’s third annual Christmas cruiser challenge to benefit children of all ages.
In conjunction with Toys for Tots at Lamar 1208 South 5th St., Paul’s Body Shop , Walmart (1432 E. Olive St.), Valley National Bank (204 S. 4th St.), and Fellowship Credit Union (803 E. Olive St.) boxes have also been set up where toys can be dropped off for children in need.
A cruiser was parked at the local Wal-Mart in Lamar and La Junta from anyone who was in the spirit of giving for the holiday to those less fortunate.
According to Public Information Officer Cpl. John Bronniman “We have a wide variety of toys for small kids up to Junior High,” “We get the donations here and give them to her (Toys for Tots Coordinator Darlene Lopez) tonight,”
In 2014, the state patrol filled four vehicles and a couple of personal cars.
Bronniman said the effort began as a way to give back to the community. “It kind of helps get you in the spirit for the holidays,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about, putting some smiles on some kids faces. The community really steps up and helps give back to other people who are in need. It’s a great opportunity to give.”
Photo Credit Chris Frost / Lamar Ledger
This story originally Appeared in the Lamar Ledger