November 19, 2018

Stuff the Blue Goose Coming to West Branch


WEST BRANCH — In an effort to benefit those in need for the holiday season, the Michigan state Police and Toys for Tots are supporting the community with a Stuff the Blue Goose event.

Community Service Trooper Shane Noble said the event will take place Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Northland Area Federal Credit Union, and will include refreshments for those who donate.

“We are looking for new, unwrapped toys to be donated,” he said. “Our goal is to stuff a blue goose, which is our patrol car — get as many toys in there as possible.”

He said the toys will remain in Ogemaw County and the West Branch Michigan State Police Post is working with Toys for Tots in an attempt to get the nonprofit established in the community.

This is the first year for the program in the area and Noble said he would like to see it continue.

“We are looking to make sure we help as many families in need,” he said. “It’s our first year and we are hoping to get some support from the community and have toys donated.”

Noble said the MSP is partnering with Ogemaw County Christmas for Kids, which is a local organization attempting similar work in the area.

He said for those who may not be able to make the event, drop boxes will be located in the area for those who still wish to donate. Locations include at the West Branch Michigan State Police Post, Mac’s Place, G’s Pizzeria and at both of the Northland Area Federal Credit Unions.

“The boxes will remain at those locations for several weeks,” Noble said. “We are trying to work to get as many kids toys so they can have smiles on their faces for Christmas.”


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