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MDTA Police to celebrate 30 years of Toys for Tots collections

BALTIMORE, MD—Customers of Maryland’s toll facilities are invited to join the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police, MDTA staff and, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in participating in this year’s national Toys for Tots campaign.

This marks the 30th consecutive year MDTA Police have supported the annual effort. Since 1990, MDTA employees have collected more than 152,000 toys and $120,000 from customers of Maryland’s toll facilities and the Port of Baltimore.

Officers will collect new, unwrapped toys Tuesday, December 10 through Thursday, December 12, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels (I-895, I-95), the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) and the Dundalk Marine Terminal.

Officers also will collect toys at sites across Maryland including the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge (US 301), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the Intercounty Connector (MD 200).

“This is another great opportunity for the MDTA to partner with the communities we serve,” said MDTA Police Chief Col. Jerry Jones. “Every year, our officers look forward to this holiday tradition.”


Toll facility customers who wish to donate toys should use the far-right toll lane and follow directions from Santa, uniformed MDTA police officers or MDTA staff on hand. MDTA Police remind drivers to keep safety in mind as they approach toy drop-off sites. Toys may be dropped off during scheduled times only.

NOTE: Toll collectors are unable to accept donations in the toll lanes.

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