Witnesses and reports on social media indicate a large police presence recently at the Vestal Walmart.  The officers were not there to tackle crime but to tackle holiday shopping.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

A posting on Facebook by New York State Police Troop C shows a small army of police and members of the Broome County District Attorney’s office shopping for Toys for Tots.

Officers from the Broome County Sheriff’s Department, Police Departments in the City of Binghamton, Endicott, Johnson City, Vestal, Port Dickinson and Binghamton University along with Broome Community College Office of Public Safety, Broome Security, Troopers and the D.A.’s Office loaded carts and the backs of cars for families in Broome County.

The final bunch of toys are being picked up by families who enrolled their children in this year’s program.  Donations are of new, unwrapped toys are still being accepted for the local program through December 19.  The Toys for Tots headquarters is located near Ruby Tuesday’s in the Oakdale Mall and collection bins are located at local police departments.