'It's Kinder Time Toy Drive' is celebrating its 21st anniversary by doing what it does best – bringing children and first responders together for a sit down meal, music and to celebrate the holidays.

All this fun and love takes place at Huber Community Life Center, at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue (5700 Loch Raven Boulevard). The festivities begin at 4 p.m.

Baltimore County Police will be there, as always, to help spread the holiday cheer. Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt is excited to meet the children and share in this experience with other first responders. According to the Chief, this is one of her favorite events of the year.

Toys delivered to Kennedy Krieger Institute by BCoPD officersThe new, unwrapped toys are donated by caring people and collected at various locations such as fire stations throughout the Baltimore Metro area. Walmart also donates an 18-wheeler full of needed items and toys to be distributed to homeless shelters, children’s hospitals and other less fortunate children throughout the region.

This is a magical event for the children as well as our officers. We are thankful to have the opportunity to interact with and make a positive impact on them in a small way that makes a big difference.