POSTED Fri, 12/09/2011 – 5:53am | POSTED BY

This Saturday and Sunday, The Cape Coral Police Department and the US Coast Guard will be at the Walmart Supercenter located at 1619 Del Prado Blvd from 8am-6pm for their annual “Fill the Boat” toy drive.

This is the 5th straight year that Cape Coral Police Officer (and US Coast Guard Reservist) Matt Squires will be running the event. Each year, roughly 2000 toys are collected.

A US Coast Guard Vessel will be parked outside of the entrance of Walmart and the goal is simple, fill the boat with toys!

Purchase a new, unwrapped toy and simply put it in the boat. At the end of the toy drive on Sunday, the toys will be taken to the Cape Coral Police Department where they are then distributed to children in need throughout Cape Coral in time for the holidays.

“We’re proud of Officer Squires for spearheading this community event each year. This year is special because it will mark our Ten-Thousandth toy collected and distributed. That is truly an amazing achievement. Cape Coral is both a tremendously generous city as well as a city with children in need. Come out and support this great event,” said Cape Coral Police Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.