2018-12-05 / News

Sheriff’s office toy drive to benefit local children

DIANA ROYAL

With Christmas right around the corner, Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams and his staff want to ensure that local children have a holiday to remember, and they need assistance in making that happen. That’s why they have issued a challenge to the citizens of Burke County – they want you to help bring smiles to the youth in the community.

Through its 2018 Holiday Toy Drive, the BCSO hopes to brighten the holiday for every child, especially those who may otherwise not have a Christmas.

Donations are now being accepted at the BCSO for unwrapped toys and bicycles, as well as gift cards for the special Shop with a Cop shopping spree. Items may cater to newborn babies all the way up to age 16.

Don’t have time to shop but want to help? The sheriff ’s office will take monetary donations of any amount and also has different levels of sponsorship available that are accompanied with a gift for the donor.

Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard said that all types of toys are acceptable, except for any type of violent toy, such as guns, bows and arrows, etc. There is also a greater need for items geared toward girls.

Toys and financial contributions may be dropped off at the BCSO, located at 225 Highway 24 South in Waynesboro, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 pm., or mailed to P.O. Box 702 Waynesboro, GA 30830. Fish Eye Grill in Girard is also a drop-off location.

For additional information, contact Randall Norman at the sheriff’s office at 706.554.2133.

Santa Claus will be giving out toys at the BCSO on Dec. 21, from 3-6 p.m.

Children who participate in the Shop with a Cop event are selected through the Department of Family and Children Services.

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