LONG BEACH -- The Long Beach Police Department's 2012 Toy Patrol Drive is in full swing and looking for donations of toys and gifts for children from infants to teens.

This year's Toy Patrol Delivery will be held Saturday and will bring smiles to the faces of some 200 children identified throughout the year in the course of officers' work as those in need of some holiday cheer.

The gifts, gathered by the Long Beach Police and Fire Departments, are for kids of all ages, but items for children ages 12 and up, including clothing, toiletries and school supplies, are especially needed.

All donations should be new and unwrapped. Toy collection boxes can be found at all city branch libraries, police department substations and businesses throughout Long Beach including: Child's Play, 6489 E. Pacific Coast Highway; the Downtown Long Beach Association, 100 West Broadway, #120; Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, 4150 E. Donald Douglas Drive; Long Beach Optometry, 6332 E. Spring St., ETA Advertising, 301 Pine Ave., #B; Performance Plus Tire & Automotive, 3910 Cherry Ave.; Signal Hill Petroleum, Inc., 3633 Cherry Ave.; and Coldwell Banker, 333 W. Broadway, Suite 302.

Businesses outside of Long Beach, such as the Long Beach City Employees Federal Credit Union, 2801 Temple Ave., in Signal Hill and Champion Chiropractic, 500 PCH, Suite A, in Seal Beach, are also serving as drop-off locations.

Monetary donations can be sent through the Long Beach Police Foundation, the non-profit organization that helps fund community programs and provide financial support for the LBPD.

Checks should be made payable to the Long Beach Police Foundation and marked "TOY PATROL." Donations should be mailed to LBPF, P.O. Box 15418, Long Beach, CA 90815.

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