The City of Mankato’s Public Safety team typically spends time with youth before the holidays during their annual “Shop with a Hero” event. This year, COVID-19 caused the event to be canceled so Public Safety found another way to give back. They helped the Minnesota State Patrol with their Toys for Tots efforts and together brought in more than 625 toys and books valued at $6,000. According to Marine Bernie Thompson, a member of the local Mankato Chapter of the Marine Corps League.
“This was a great opportunity to help make a small difference to youth in the area,” says Deputy Director Matt DuRose.
Captain Jeremy Geiger with the Minnesota State Patrol added, “Partnering with the City of Mankato on this effort led to wonderful results for many youth and their families who may be facing challenging times.”
Statewide, a team effort of agencies across Minnesota collected more than 46,000 toys for the Toys for Tots program.