“It makes us part of the community, it really does,” Zipper said.
Three years ago, the barracks was besieged with donations after word spread that thieves broke into a storage container in Burlington morning and stole roughly 1,500 donated toys collected through the Toys for Tots program. The Grinch-like theft sent shock waves across the region and lead to an outpouring of support forcing the program to extend donations until closer to Christmas.
But while the Newbury barracks may have seen an uptick in donations this year, regionally, the results haven’t been as promising, according to one trooper.
State Trooper Peter Morawiak, who coordinates donation pick-up for several barracks, said anecdotally, donations seem to be down this year compared to last. Still, he said, the program has been an unqualified success.
“The community support has been good throughout the years,” Morawiak said.