Toy drive for hurricane victims

Local officer launches campaign to make the holidays brighter for families affected by Hurricane Sandy
Posted:  Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 11:00am

THOMASTON - Sergeant Timothy Hoppe of the Thomaston Police Department, born and raised in Middleton and the surrounding Bayshore area in New Jersey, is teaming up with a Middleton police department to help make Christmas a little brighter for the families and children of that area. Hoppe has a 20-foot enclosed trailer that he hopes to fill with toys which will be distributed to families by the Middleton Police Department.

The Bayshore area was one of the hardest hit areas of Hurricane Sandy, and Hoppe said he was motivated to help the victims in his hometown.

"I have a goal and I feel the need to help the victims of my hometown of Middletown and the surrounding Bayshore Area that was devastated by Hurricaine Sandy," said Hoppe. "I am working with my friend Kyle, from Station 5 in East Keansburg, Middletown. I have a 20 foot enclosed trailer and my goal is to fill it with new toys and deliver it to the East Keansburg Fire Department who will distribute the toys directly to the children for Christmas."

Anyone interested in contributing to the toy drive can drop off their new toy donations at the Thomaston Police Department, the Rockland Police Department, Camden Police Department, the Knox County Sheriff's Office, and Brook's Trap Mill. Sergeant Hoppe will be leaving for New Jersey on December 16 to deliver the gifts.

For more information or to spread the word, visit the drive's event page on Facebook at