Granby boy donates toys to police department
On Friday, Aug. 22, young Ayden Hickam of Granby gathered a collection of his excess and unused toys and headed to the Granby Police Department with his mother, Kim Smith, and grandmother Linda King.
The box he brought to Sgt. Jim Kraker of the GPD was filled mostly with stuffed animals and also included trains, cars and other children’s toys.
The toys are used by the GPD for interactions with children. Officers keep a few stuffed animals on hand to give to kids while on domestic violence or child abuse calls. The toys are also given to kids waiting in the GPD offices while police interview their parents.
Sgt. Kraker explained most of the circumstances where young children encounter police officers in their own homes, especially instances of domestic violence and child abuse, tend to be traumatic for the kids.
“There is an emotional toll.” He said. “We just think it is a great thing for Ayden to do.”
The idea to donate the toys came from Ayden, a soon-to-be fifth-grader at Granby Elementary. After hearing the GPD keeps a few loose toys on hand to give to kids, Ayden asked if he could donate his own toys to the department.
After dropping off his toys Ayden was presented with a Granby Police Department patch and a Middle Park Emergency Response Team (SWAT) patch by Sgt. Kraker.
Ayden was all smiles as he received his patches.
“I hope it makes children happy,” he said.
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