ROXBURY, NJ – In addition to fighting crime, Roxbury police will also be battling Christmas Day disappointment this year, it was announced today.

To bolster the effort, the department has partnered with Santa Claus, said the department.

 “The police department will be assisting Santa with delivery of gifts this year,” the police said on their Facebook page. “We are asking the community to help us by dropping off new, unopened toys. These gifts will be given to families in town who may be struggling this holiday season and the rest will be given to Toys for Tots.”

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The police department said Roxbury officers will be at police headquarters on Route 46 in Ledgewood through Dec. 20 to accept the unopened gifts and it encouraged children to accompany parents in bringing the items to the police station. The officers on duty “will take the time to thank your child for giving such an important gift and we'll snap a picture to post on our page,” the department added.

It appears that attempts to re-gift - while not cool when it comes to family members - will not result in a disorderly person offense. In fact, the police are encouraging the practice.

“For many children, the holiday season is a time of wonderful memories of toys under the tree, tasty treats and holiday cheer,” they posted. “If you are like us, you have little ones home and a closet with some gifts they still haven’t opened from last year. So, this year we are asking you to help us create a little holiday magic for your children. Please ask them if they would like to pick one of their unopened toys to give to another child.”

The department and its North Pole partner appear to be embracing the belief that the best part of Christmas is the joy of giving.

“Children deserve the gift of giving a little holiday magic too and helping your kids understand the spirit of the season is a huge gift for everyone involved,” said the Facebook message. “Kindness is contagious. Let’s help spread some this year.”

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