Cloquet, Fond du Lac Police Departments Team Up For "Stuff the Squad"

Ryan Juntti
Updated: December 19, 2019 09:45 AM

One week from today, many kids across the Northland will be opening gifts and celebrating Christmas, but not everyone is as fortunate. 


On Wednesday night, the Cloquet and Fond du Lac Police Departments braved the cold for the third annual "Stuff the Squad" event. The inspiration for it came from the Leech Lake Tribal community.

The two departments collected gifts and toys from the community at L&M Fleet Supply and Walmart. 

The gifts were put into the cars and beds of their trucks. They will all be sent to the Salvation Army. 

The agencies say it's all about giving back to kids and families who are less fortunate. The event started at 4:00 and officers say they were busy from the moment it began.

"Within the first 20 minutes that I was here, I got here at 4:00, and about 4:20, 4:25, the whole cab of my pickup was already completely full and the box of the pickup was already starting to get toys in it, so a great community response," said Officer Larry Sherk of the Cloquet Police Department.

The goal this year was to fill four trucks of gifts between the stores. Last year they were able to fill three trucks.

The community can also drop off gifts at the Salvation Army.


Ryan Juntti

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