Last year our local shelters were truly blessed by the generosity of all of our great residents, local businesses and friends. This year has been difficult for everyone across the country and in surrounding territories. This has resulted in our shelters taking in more furry friends than ever.

Can we show them how much we care? Can we make this year our ultimate feel good year? By donating food, toys and supplies, you know without a doubt that these furry little ones are getting it all.

These shelters talk about the great citizens and businesses of West Windsor and their huge hearts. I have never in my life experienced such caring and generosity, and I look forward to this time every year.

I look forward to announcing this great event that culminates with Operation Bark Drop and the world famous Bark Brigade—where police officers and local residents including K-9 Cherno, K-9 Mackey and K-9 Hodge, become the members of the elite Elf Team Six to deliver the items to local shelters.

Please reach out to your place of work and see if we can get a corporate donation.Go to your family, go to your friends and go to your kids. Have them give. What better way to give to these loving and caring best friends. If they cant get their wish of a home, then maybe we can bring a home to them and show them all the love they deserve!

Please bring all items to West Windsor Police headquarters and place them in the blue bin in the lobby by Dec. 16.

Items Needed include: wet and dry cat and dog food; cat litter; dog and cat toys (please no rawhides); leashes and collars; dog and cat shampoo; new dog crates and cat carriers; small and large animal beds; cat tents; dog halters/harnesses and leashes (large); and Heartguard and Frontline (for dogs 40 lbs and up).

Those wishing to mail a donation or use online shopping, can mail their contributions to West Windsor Police Department, 20 Municipal Drive, West Windsor NJ 08550

Robert Garofalo

Garofalo is the West Windsor chief of police.