The Flagler Beach Police Department is proud to announce that the popularity of our annual “Toys for Tickets” program has inspired a “Christmas in July” version of the traffic safety initiative that will take place later this month. Citizens who receive a warning citation for a traffic infraction or a parking offense can volunteer to participate in a program that truly benefits the youth of our community. Citizen participation in this program is 100% voluntary.
Beginning Sunday, July 18, 2021 and continuing through Saturday, July 31, 2021, Flagler Beach Police Department Officers, at their discretion, will be issuing “toy waivers” along with warning citations for non-criminal State traffic and/or City parking offenses. The “toy waiver” provides motorists with information on how to donate a new, unwrapped toy to the Police Department. At the end of the campaign the Police Department will turn over all donated toys to our partner in this initiative; “Christmas Come True”.
“Christmas Come True” is a local non-profit organization, whose mission is “to provide a complete Christmas experience for area resident parents who are unable to financially afford a traditional Christmas for their families.” Motorists who voluntarily choose to participate in the program will be instructed to drop off a new, unwrapped toy, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at:
Flagler Beach Police Department
204 South Flagler Avenue
Flagler Beach, FL 32136
“Our winter program has been well embraced by our community and we wanted to expand it to the summertime” stated Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney. “Having this program in the summertime will assist our partners is this program, “Christmas Come True”, which in turn will ultimately benefit the children of our community.” Doughney continued. “Keeping our roadways safe is our goal. The expansion of this initiative was a natural progression designed to create additional traffic safety awareness to motorists in the summer. Our secondary goal with this year’s inaugural effort is to jumpstart the spirit of the winter holidays during the heat of the summer!’.
The inaugural programs partnership was summed up by Executive Director of Christmas Come True, Ms. Nadine King who stated ” I love the strong positive connection and devotion given to the Flagler County families by Chief Doughney and the Flagler Beach Police Department’s Team! Their continued support of Christmas Come True means so much to us! We make a good team”.
For additional information regarding this year’s inaugural program, please contact Chief Doughney at (386) 517-2024.
Matthew P. Doughney, Chief of Police
City of Flagler Beach