DHC volunteers continued their support for University of Kentucky Police Department’s (UKPD) fifth annual “Cram the Cruiser” toy drive. They delivered unwrapped toys for patients of UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) on November 23rd, 2021. 

“The ‘Cram the Cruiser’ toy drive is something that UK Police look forward to every holiday season,” said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. “Being involved in our community is an important part of our core values, and this is a wonderful opportunity to help out the children and their families who are away from their homes while hospitalized. This initiative helps to relieve the stress and burden of shopping for Christmas gifts for parents that are unable to leave the hospital. It continues to grow every year, and we invite the UK and Lexington communities to help continue bringing smiles to the children and their families.” For Monroe, delivering toys to Kentucky Children’s Hospital is so special because of the joy it brings to the patients and their families. Each year, Monroe trades in his police uniform for his Santa Claus suit and even wears a full gray beard.