It’s that time of year when kids are wishing and dreaming of a Christmas filled with great toys and wonderful memories. Some families though are experiencing difficult financial times and know it will be tough for their children this Christmas.
This year, as in years past, it’s proving to be a hard Christmas season for many locals and the Newberry County Sheriff's Office wants us all to step up to help change this situation.
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office's annual toy drive, known as OPERATION SANTA CLAUS, has been conducted by the sheriff's office for years in an attempt to help under privileged children throughout Newberry County receive toys and other gifts for Christmas.
Sheriff Lee Foster wants to team up with the public to provide toys and gifts to needy families in Newberry County, and we are asking for help from the community.
“The Newberry County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public ’s assistance in making the holidays brighter for needy families in Newberry County through our Christmas Toy Drive. In years past, because of the generosity of the people of Newberry County, we have been able to provide Christmas gifts to children who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to enjoy a happy holiday season. For this, we sincerely thank each and every one of you for your help,” said Foster.
The holidays are fast approaching and we are once again requesting donations to make our annual Toy Gift Drive a success. Last year, due to the kindness of donors, the sheriff’s office and the community were able to partner together to reach hundreds of children in the community through this annual toy drive. This year, we hope to exceed that amount and brighten the lives of many more children.
“The items needed this year are a little different than in years past. We have a sufficient number of stuffed animals this year however, we are in need of canned g oods and dried food items because of the near depletion of our food banks. We also need warm stocking-type caps, gloves, coats/jackets, pillows, and blankets. We CANNOT accept any used toys, clothing, or bedding items. And again, we thank the citizens of Newberry County in advance for your generosity,” said Foster.
Sheriff Foster stated, “During the holiday season, we spend a great deal of time and effort to assure that we can provide a little holiday cheer to as many children as donations will allow. This is an opportunity for everyone to participate. Because of the current financial climate, we are down in donations and we desperately need everyone’s help.
The dates of distribution for the toys and gifts is December 17 – 20. We would like to get all donations in prior to this date.
Donated toys and gifts can be brought to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office located at 550 Wilson Road, Newberry, S.C.
As always, thank you for your support.
SHERIFF LEE FOSTER