Cruiser stuffed with toys
The Wareham Police Department collected over 1,000 toys during its annual “Stuff-A-Cruiser” event on Dec. 11. People donated toys of all sizes, from Matchbox cars to bicycles, and filled up the police cruisers that were parked at Target and Walmart that day. Officer Karl Baptiste organized the event, and the toy drive locations were manned by Officers Dean Decas, Blaise Lalli, Joseph Cardoza, and Chris Corner; Sergeant Walter Correia; and Lieutenants Kevin Walsh and John Walcek. The police were assisted by Wareham resident Russ Brady (a.k.a. Santa Claus), and a group of helper “elves” that included Monica and Anna Walcek, Traci Corner, and Connor Walsh. The Wareham police said the event was a success and turned over the donated toys to the Dick Melloni Youth Foundation, so they can be distributed to local families in need during the holiday season.
- Emily Sweeney