SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- Hundreds of children in our region will have presents under their Christmas tree this year, but they’re not all from Santa Claus. There’s one sheriff’s office, in our region, that’s giving Santa a little help this holiday season.
Toys valued at over $50,000 are being given to needy kids from Saturday, December 12th through Sunday, December 13th.
Sullivan County Sheriff, Wayne Anderson, said, “It’s my favorite event that we do every year.” He explained that many kids in the community are needy right now. Anderson said, “We’ve had so many sad stories, but we’re taking care of them.”
The Sullivan county sheriff’s office has collected donations totaling around $20,000 that have helped them to be able to give toys to less fortunate kids for Christmas.
Anderson said, “The kids will say thank you and they’re just tickled to death … they’re all excited.” He added that “You can ask them what they want and they’ll tell you ri
ght off what they’d like to have … and we’ve probably got it in this room.”
The event known as Toys from Cops is in its 14th year and aims to make sure that every child’s Christmas is bright.
Alicia Gray brought her niece to the event and said, “It’s a wonderful event for the children … there’re a lot of kids who don’t have an opportunity to get anything” for Christmas. Gray continued, “I think the Sheriff’s department is doing an awesome thing.”
This is not just a happy event for the kids that take home toys, but also for the officers who help make it happen.
Anderson stated that “All these officers that are working today … they’re
doing this on their own free time.” Anderson continued, “So, that’s how important this is to us … we just want to make sure that kids get something for Christmas.”
According to attendees, the efforts of the sheriff’s office are not going unnoticed by the community.
“Thank you very much,” Gray stated. In regards to the Sullivan county sheriff’s office, she said, “You all are doing a wonderful job … thank you. These kids love it.”
The annual event continues tomorrow at the old food country building on state route 126 in Blountville. The doors are set to open at 9 a.m.Copyright 2015 WJHL. All rights reserved.