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Flagler Beach's Toys for Tickets benefits Christmas Come True

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From July 18-31, citizens who receive a warning citation for a traffic infraction or a parking offense can volunteer to participate in this program to benefit youth in our community.
by: Guest Writer

from: Flagler Beach Police Department

The Flagler Beach Police Department announced that the popularity of the annual “Toys for Tickets” program has inspired a “Christmas in July” version of the traffic safety initiative. Citizens who receive a warning citation for a traffic infraction or a parking offense can volunteer to benefit the youth of our community. Citizen participation in this program is 100% voluntary.

Beginning Sunday, July 18, and continuing through Saturday, July 31, Flagler Beach Police Department Officers, at their discretion, will be issuing "toy waivers" along with warning citations for non-criminal state traffic and/or city parking offenses. The “toy waiver” provides motorists with information on how to donate a new, unwrapped toy to the Police Department. At the end of the campaign the Police Department will turn over all donated toys to Christmas Come True, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is “to provide a complete Christmas experience for area resident parents who are unable to financially afford a traditional Christmas for their families.”

Motorists who voluntarily choose to participate in the program will be instructed to drop off a new, unwrapped toy, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Flagler Beach Police Department, 204 S. Flagler Ave., Flagler Beach

“Our winter program has been well embraced by our community and we wanted to expand it to the summertime” stated Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney. “Having this program in the summertime will assist our partners is this program, Christmas Come True, which in turn will ultimately benefit the children of our community. Keeping our roadways safe is our goal. The expansion of this initiative was a natural progression designed to create additional traffic safety awareness to motorists in the summer. Our secondary goal with this year’s inaugural effort is to jumpstart the spirit of the winter holidays during the heat of the summer."

Christmas Come True Executive Director Nadine King stated: "I love the strong positive connection and devotion given to the Flagler County families by Chief Doughney and the Flagler Beach Police Department's Team. Their continued support of Christmas Come True means so much to us! We make a good team."

For additional information regarding this year’s inaugural program, please contact Doughney at 386-517-2024.

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