Winchester Police (WPD) have disseminated donation boxes to kick off the 20th annual Timbrook Food and Toy Drive to support 35 local families in need. The WPD is collecting toys and non-perishable food through December 12th.
The Food and Toy Drive began in 1999 in honor of Sergeant Ricky Timbrook, who was killed in the line of duty earlier in the same year. Sergeant Timbrook had a passion for serving the community and helping families.
“He cared so much for the community and the officers he worked with,” said Deputy Chief Kelly Rice, who coordinates the WPD efforts. “He embodied the community policing model and would assist anyone who needed help. Rick had a special connection with children in need. Often, he would buy our local youth food and clothes with his own money to make sure they had what they needed.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation can drop off toys or gifts for children (ages infant to 17) and non-perishable food items at the following locations (look for the donation boxes):
- Timbrook Public Safety Center
- Rouss City Hall
- Joint Judicial Center
- John Handley High School
The media is invited to join the WPD in the basement of the Timbrook Public Safety Center on December 13th at 11 a.m. as volunteers sort through donations and prepare for their delivery the following day. The WPD appreciates the community’s support for this program that brings joy to local families in need during the holiday season.