Volunteer Colin Fuentes of Ventnor collects toys for distribution by the Atlantic County Toys for Kids program.

MARGATE – The city will hold its annual Toy Drive 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at the the Sigmund Rimm Recreation Complex.

Trooper, the Toys for Kids program mascot, died recently. The toy collection was held in his honor.

Although Margate hosts the event, police departments and benevolent associations in Ventnor and Longport also participate in the event by collecting new unwrapped toys for distribution through the Atlantic County Toys for Kids program.

The free family event includes food trucks, pictures with Santa, arts and crafts activities, live music, train rides and a fantastic light display. Bring an unwrapped new toy to stuff the police cruiser.

For more information, see http://www.margate-nj.com/ or call 609-822-5038.

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.