The Maryland Guide • 11-25-21
‘Boatload of Toys’
Underway for 2021 Holiday Season
Natural Resources Police Toy Drive Returns
e Maryland Department
of Natural Resources
is renewing its commitment
to helping the
state’s children have a
joyful holiday season
with its annual “Boatload
of Toys” drive. In
November and December,
sta will be collecting
donations of new and unopened toys, for local children up to 18 years of age.
Ocers and civilian sta manage this program each year as part of the national
Marine Toys for Tots program to collect and distribute toys to children in need
during the holiday season. Aer suspending the program last year due to the pandemic,
NRP is eager to resume collecting hundreds of gis to distribute.
“NRP is excited to be a part of this wonderful initiative,” NRP Superintendent
Colonel Adrian Baker said. “e holiday season can be dicult for some, so our
goal is to assist families in need and to help spread holiday cheer.”
A Maryland Natural Resources Police patrol boat will be set up outside several
retailers in Maryland beginning Nov. 13 to ll the entire boat as part of the drive.
In 2019, NRP collected 1,771 toys and raised $1,045 in donations — and the goal
is to surpass that total this year.
Boatload of Toys sta will be at the following locations:
Annapolis, Dec. 4
Former Sears Automotive Store, Westeld Annapolis Mall
11 a.m to 2 p.m.
Berlin, Dec. 5
Walmart, 11416 Ocean Gateway
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More dates and locations are expected to be added during the holiday season.