MDTA POLICE TO CELEBRATE 31 YEARS OF TOYS
FOR TOTS COLLECTIONS
Safe & Convenient Drop-off December 8-10
BALTIMORE, MD (December 3, 2020) – The public is invited to join the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police, MDTA staff and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in the 2020 Toys for Tots campaign. This is the 31st consecutive year MDTA Police have supported the annual effort.
In Baltimore, MDTA officers will collect new, unwrapped toys Tuesday, December 8 through Thursday, December 10, from 6 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. at the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels (I-895, I-95), the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) and the Dundalk Marine Terminal. Officers will also collect toys at sites across Maryland including the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge (US 301) and the Intercounty Connector (MD 200). Toy collections at the Intercounty Connector will take place at the Layhill Road (MD 182) interchange.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, officers will wear face coverings when accepting toys and maintain social distancing when possible. As in previous years, all collections will take place outside.
“This is another great opportunity for the MDTA to partner with the communities we serve,” said MDTA Police Chief Col. Kevin M. Anderson. “At a time when there are families in need, the MDTA Police are ready to serve.”
Toll facility customers who wish to donate toys should stay right and follow directions from Santa, uniformed MDTA police officers or MDTA staff. Sites at the Key and Bay bridges will be near the former toll plaza locations. The MDTA Police remind drivers to keep safety and COVID-19 precautions in mind as they approach toy drop-off sites. Toys may be dropped off during scheduled times only.
Since 1990, MDTA employees have collected more than 152,000 toys and $120,000 from customers of Maryland’s toll facilities and the Port of Baltimore.
For Hatem Bridge motorists:
The public is invited to join the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police, the Perryville Police Department and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in the 2020 Toys for Tots campaign. This year, MDTA and Perryville Police Officers will team up to celebrate this holiday tradition.
Officers from both agencies will collect new, unwrapped toys outside the Perryville Police Station (2 Perryville Town Center Dr.) Tuesday, December 8 through Thursday, December 10, from 6 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. NOTE: This is an updated location from the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge, which had been used in previous years.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, officers will wear face coverings when accepting toys and maintain social distancing when possible. As in previous years, all collections will take place outside.
“This is a great opportunity for the MDTA Police to collaborate with our law enforcement partners at the Perryville Police Department to serve our communities,” said MDTA Police Chief Col. Kevin M. Anderson. “At a time when there are families in need, our officers are ready to serve.”
“I’m proud of the officers of the Perryville Police Department and the MDTA for working together to make a difference,” said Perryville Police Department Chief Robert S. Nitz. “Our officers coordinate every day to keep people safe, and it’s exciting to see that partnership grow.”
The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law enforcement agency in the State with more than 600 sworn and civilian law enforcement professionals. MDTA Police Officers provide law enforcement services at the MDTA’s highways, bridges and tunnels, at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, and at the Port of Baltimore.