Captain Scott Shipers, commanding officer of Troop A, Lee’s Summit, announces the kickoff of the 18th Annual Trooper Michael Newton Toy Drive. The toy drive will begin, today, November 9, 2020, and run through December 9, 2020.

The Trooper Michael Newton Toy Drive is the cooperative effort of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Kansas Highway Patrol, Murphy-Hoffman Company (Kenworth), Summit Homes, Molle Chevrolet in Blue Springs, MO, and the citizens we serve. The drive is designed to bring smiles to the faces of children who are forced to spend the Christmas holiday season in the hospital. All donations to the toy drive will be delivered to children at Children’s Mercy Hospital, KU Medical Center, and the Ronald McDonald House. Even though we will not be able to personally visit with the children and families due to COVID-19, we will still be able to deliver the toys to the children during the month of December.

Toy donations may be made at all metro Summit Homes models; Molle Chevrolet in Blue Springs; all metro area Murphy-Hoffman Company corporate offices; MSHP Troop A, Lee’s Summit, MO; or KHP Troop A, Olathe, KS. Donations of electronic games, board games, and new children’s books are encouraged. This annual toy drive honors Trooper Michael L. Newton, who died in the line of duty on May 22, 2003. His death left a huge void in the lives of his family, friends, and co-workers.

Too many people die in traffic crashes each year in Missouri. The choices you make when you’re behind the wheel matter. Make good choices, so you’ll never have to say, “If I could just go back …”

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