Bikes and toys donated during a previous toy drive

Bikes and toys donated during a previous toy drive

The season of giving is here as the Auburn Public Safety Department kicked of its 2020 Auburn Toy Drive campaign on Tuesday. The program is designed to assist families in the Auburn community by providing Christmas gifts to needy children ages 2-8.

Anyone wishing to register a child to receive a gift can now do so at the Auburn Police Division, 141 N. Ross St. Registration will then be each Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., with the last day to register being Oct. 28. 

To participate in the program and receive assistance, a parent or legal guardian must provide their picture ID, the child’s social security card and birth certificate and two of the three following items: a current light bill, water bill or lease/rental agreement.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Auburn Toy Drive can drop off an unwrapped gift at any Auburn Fire Division station or the Auburn Police Division between through Dec. 5. Thanks to the generosity of Life Storage, two remote drop points have also been established at their stores located at 1231 Gatewood Drive and 2020 S. College St.

Helpers will sort the gifts into age-appropriate categories. Delivery is scheduled during the week before Christmas. 

During this holiday season, please remember those who may be less fortunate. All donations are extremely important. As always, be reminded that no monetary donations can be accepted, but any purchased gift is appreciated.

Questions regarding the Auburn Toy Drive campaign can be directed to Debra Hoyett at the Auburn Police Division at 334-501-3117.


Neighborhood Trick or Treat Oct. 30

Neighborhood trick or treating will be held on Friday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. because of the Auburn University home football game on Halloween. This change allows the Auburn Police Division to focus on the safety of trick or treaters. 

Trick or treaters are encouraged to comply with all requirements and recommendations in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The City’s Drive-Thru Trick or Treat will also be held on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Auburn Parks and Recreation Complex, 235 Opelika Road.

The city is asking members of the same household to ride together.

Participants must arrive in their vehicles at the Drake Avenue entrance and will then be directed around the Auburn Parks and Recreation Complex to get treats from city of Auburn employees, firefighters and members of the community. The city is encouraging participants to dress up in their best Halloween costumes and decorate their vehicles in the spookiest way.


JDAC Pumpkin Competition

This Fall, the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center is challenging the Auburn community to see who can create a masterpiece out of a fall favorite, the pumpkin, with the JDCAC Pumpkin Competition. Entries will be accepted from now until Oct. 27.

Inspired by this past summer's Sidewalk Chalk Challenge, the Pumpkin Competition submissions must include a short description that includes the inspiration for the piece. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in these categories: Most Creative, Best Mixed Media Effects, Best Carve and Best Children’s Work. Examples and ideas can be found at

No entry fee is required, and registration is encouraged. You can find a registration application by emailing or visiting and Registration will also take place at Auburn Parks and Recreation’s Harvest Market on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m.-noon at Town Creek Park. Individuals, families, children and businesses may apply.

The JDCAC is partnering with the Auburn Arts Association (AAA) the hold the competition. All pumpkin creations must be received no later than Tuesday, Oct. 27, by 5 p.m. Judging will take place on Oct. 28 and 29, and winners will be announced Friday, Oct. 30, on the AAA’s Facebook page. Prizes will be awarded. 

Guidelines and information as well as an application to participate is available at or

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