Law enforcement officers worked together to collect Christmas gifts for kids in need during the third annual Stuff the Squad Car event Wednesday, Dec. 18, in Cloquet.

The Cloquet Police Department and Fond du Lac Police Department set up two squad cars to collect donations of toys and other Christmas gifts for kids from birth to age 17.

Cloquet Police Officer Kyle Voltzke began organizing the event in 2017 after hearing about a similar program at the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department.

“I thought it would be a good thing to bring to our community,” Votlzke said. “I talked to former Chief (Jeff) Palmer and he said, ‘Run with it.’”

Since the first Stuff the Squad Car in 2017, the event had grown to two locations. The FDLTPD joined the event last year.

The past two years, officers have collected three pickup trucks full of toys to be distributed by the Salvation Army in Carlton County.

“I really think it’s great to give back to our community,” Voltzke said. “Especially when there are those less fortunate and struggling to get by.”

Cloquet Resource Officer Larry Sherk and Fond du Lac Police Officer August Reynolds stand next to the truck that is nearly filled with donated toys despite frigid temperatures for the annual "Stuff the Squad" event Wednesday, Dec. 19. There was one truck at L&M Fleet Supply and two at Walmart in Cloquet. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Cloquet Resource Officer Larry Sherk and Fond du Lac Police Officer August Reynolds stand next to the truck that is nearly filled with donated toys despite frigid temperatures for the annual "Stuff the Squad" event Wednesday, Dec. 19. There was one truck at L&M Fleet Supply and two at Walmart in Cloquet. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal