Princeton Police Chief Chris King announced that the department would begin the David Scott Memorial Toy Drive. Applications will be accepted from Nov. 30 through Dec. 11.

The announcement came Monday at the Princeton City Council meeting.

“This is for ages 2 to 10,” King told the council. “We’ll be handing (the toys) out on Dec. 19 at City Hall.”

Applications can be filled out at the police station at 206 N. Jefferson St. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Applicants must be age 2 to 10 on Christmas Day, and only custodial parents or legal guardians can apply for their child..

“They have to be residents of Caldwell County,” said PPD clerk April Freeman. “If they are 11 by Christmas Day, they are too old. (Parents or guardians) are going to have to bring something that shows (the children’s) date of birth. Some of the new Social Security cards have the dates on them now, and normally, medical cards also have the dates. Birth certificates can also be used.”

When parents or legal guardians come to the police department to apply, only one will be allowed in the building at a time due to COVID-19 guidelines. Applicants will also be required to wear a mask inside the building.

Those wanting to make a donation to the toy drive can mail monetary donations to Princeton Police Department, 206 N. Jefferson St., Princeton, KY 42445. Those wanting to make a toy donation should call Freeman at the police department at 270-365-4657.

David Scott was a police officer who was said to be the driving force behind the department’s Toys for Tots program. He died in a single-vehicle accident while off-duty on Dec. 12, 2006. The annual PPD toy drive was named in his honor that day by then-Mayor Vickie Hughes.

Scott’s career included serving as a school resource officer and an officer in DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). When the accident occurred, he was on his way into town to help with the toy drive’s distribution.