Davenport police officers will be in the J.C. Penney parking lot at NorthPark Mall this weekend working to bring a little holiday cheer to victims of domestic violence.

The Davenport Police Association and Davenport Union of Professional Police will be holding the 10th annual Domestic Violence Shelter Toy Drive to benefit the children and families served by the Family Resources Inc. domestic violence shelter.

“Each year, the object of this mission does not change,” said police Cpl. Kris Mayer.

“The real victims of domestic violence are the innocent children who have no choice as to where they live, but with your help we can improve their Christmas.”

New unwrapped toys may be brought to the collection point — an RV donated for the occasion by US Adventure RV, Davenport — from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Monetary tax-deductible donations also will be accepted. Checks should be made out to Family Resources Toy Drive.

“All of the toys and money will be used to provide a Christmas to children who otherwise may not have one,” Mayer said.

Donations also may be dropped off at US Adventure RV, 5120 Brady St., or State Farm Insurance-Matt Sturdevant, 1903 Pershing Ave., Davenport, who are this year’s sponsors of the toy drive.

Toys not given as Christmas gifts will be used for birthdays or will be given to children needing something to play with when they enter the shelter.

The toy drive began in 2002 when Family Resources’ domestic abuse shelter was burglarized and all the toys for the children were stolen. At that time, the Davenport Police Association and Union of Professional Police stepped in with Gold’s Gym to mount a toy drive that replaced the much-needed toys.

The next year was skipped, but the drive has been going strong since.

For more information, contact Mayer at kmayer@ci.davenport.ia.us or 563-328-6762.

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