Annual police toy drive provides gifts for 21 families

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Christmas Day completed their second annual toy drive, which this year provided gifts to 44 children in 21 families based in Middlebury, Ripton, Vergennes, Weybridge and Brandon.
Local community members and businesses donated gifts for the toy drive, which also featured the participation of the Addison County Sheriff’s Department, Vergennes Police Department and Vermont State Police. The gifts went to children who otherwise would have not found much under the tree on Dec. 25.
Eight Middlebury police officials helped out, including Officers Neil Mogerly, Chris Mason, Scott Fisher, Paul Sokolowski, Michele Magee, Bill Austin, Sgt. Michael Christopher and Det. Kris Bowdish. Also helping: Ruth Whitney of the sheriff’s department, VSP Trooper Todd Conway and Vergennes Police Officer Jori Fairbanks.

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