Jen Mangan and her son, Mason Haley, rolled a shopping cart filled with bags out of Walmart in Cloquet Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Mangan and Haley stopped by the Cloquet Police Department truck parked outside with its lights flashing.

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“Here, this is all for you,” she said to CPD Officer Kyle Voltzke and Fond du Lac Tribal Police Department Sgt. Chad Pattison.

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That wasn’t the only instance of someone donating an entire cartload of toys to the departments’ annual “Stuff the Squad” toy drive at Walmart and L&M Fleet Supply stores in Cloquet.

Cloquet Police Officer Laci Silgjord (center), K-9 Vader and Chief Derek Randall spent the evening Wednesday, Dec. 18, collecting toys for the annual "Stuff the Squad" event at L&M Fleet Supply in Cloquet. (Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal)
Cloquet Police Officer Laci Silgjord (center), K-9 Vader and Chief Derek Randall spent the evening Wednesday, Dec. 18, collecting toys for the annual "Stuff the Squad" event at L&M Fleet Supply in Cloquet. (Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal)

The effort was a little different this year because the COVID-19 pandemic kept officers from taking pictures with children or letting children check out the inside of the squad cars, but it didn’t dampen the generous spirits of Cloquet shoppers.

Voltzke said he believed it was the event’s most successful year ever — donors filled two department pickup trucks and three squad SUVs during the four-hour collection drive.

Cloquet Police Officer Kyle Voltzke takes a donation for the annual "Stuff the Squad" event to collect toys for the Salvation Army Toy Drive. Voltzke said CPD and Fond du Lac Tribal Police Department collected two pickup truck loads and three squad SUVs full of toys for children in need this holiday season. (Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal)
Cloquet Police Officer Kyle Voltzke takes a donation for the annual "Stuff the Squad" event to collect toys for the Salvation Army Toy Drive. Voltzke said CPD and Fond du Lac Tribal Police Department collected two pickup truck loads and three squad SUVs full of toys for children in need this holiday season. (Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal)