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Westerly officers Howard Mills and Desiree Peterson load donated toys into a cruiser during the annual Westerly Police Department's 'Stuff A Cruiser' toy drive in front of the Westerly Walmart in December 2017. | Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

WESTERLY — The Westerly Police Department and Dunn's Corners Fire Department will team up for a collection drive on Saturday at Walmart. 

Members of both organizations will be present at each entrance from noon to 4 p.m. at the Westerly store, 258 Post Road. Although they will not turn down food donations, officials said the goal of the latest collection drive is to help stock up on toys for those in need this holiday season. All proceeds from the collection will benefit clients of the Jonnycake Center of Westerly. 

The police department has long conducted its post-Thanksgiving drive at the store during the first or second weekend of December. Dunn's Corners, who partnered with police to collect 3,777 pounds of food during a four-hour collection on Nov. 10, a record. 

Westerly Police Capt. Shawn Lacey said the partnership, which came together at the request of Fire Lt. Jeffrey Thomas and with support from the entire Dunn's Corners Fire Department, more than doubled the amount received during previous collections. He said the two hope to have similar results this Saturday. 

For more information, visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/208267160067723/

Jason Vallee 

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