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Police department collecting toys for foster kids

The Leesburg Police Department put the boxes out Thursday for its annual toy drive. / Mary Green

A local police department is bringing back a Christmas tradition it's had for the past 17 years.

The Leesburg Police Department put the boxes out Thursday for its annual toy drive.

They're looking for unwrapped gifts for kids from infants up to 17 years old, and all the toys will go to foster children in Lee County.

The police department said this is their way of giving back to those families.

"We have several families in this area that take in foster kids, especially Lee County kids and kids from the surrounding counties," Lt. Hank Vick said.

You can find donation boxes at different stores in Lee County, including Dollar General and Fred's, or you can also drop toys off at the police and fire stations.

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