NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Over 1,500 children and their families were gifted toys, clothes, games and luggage at the Kid Wish Network’s Project Toy Drop at the Scope Arena on Saturday.
Members of Norfolk Public Schools, officers from the Norfolk Police Department, U.S. Navy sailors and representatives from Walmart all came together to host the families and pass out the $300,000 worth of items.
Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander presented the Kids Wish Network with a proclamation from the City of Norfolk and praised Norfolk Police Chief Larry D. Boone and his department for their community engagement.
“I am so proud of the women and men of the Norfolk Police Department,” said Boone. “They went above and beyond to bring the spirit of the season for over 1,500 wide-eye reasons.”
The Kids Wish Network’s Project Toy Drop program travels the country gifting new toys, games, clothing, and other much-needed items to deserving children ages 3-16 who are either kids of American service men and women or at-risk youth, according to a press release.
One of the goals of the event is to foster better relationships between the kids, their families, military members and their local community, according to the Kids Wish Network.