Toys Ex­press pro­gram giv­ing back for hol­i­days

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - From staff re­ports Sher­iff Johnny Moats and Deputy Rachel Had­dix are just two of many of Santa’s helpers pro­vid­ing gifts for boys and girls in Polk County as part of the Sher­iff’s Of­fice Toys Ex­press cam­paign.

The Polk County Sher­iff’s Of­fice an­nual tra­di­tion of mak­ing sure lo­cal youth in need still have a chance to cel­e­brate Christ­mas is still on­go­ing, and de­liv­er­ies will con­tinue up through the week­end.

Sher­iff Johnny Moats said do­na­tions from lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses have given back to help pur­chase toys and gifts for chil­dren of young and older for the Toys Ex­press pro­gram.

“We’ve al­ready pur­chased a lot of toys this year, and we’ll con­tinue to de­liver them out in the com­mu­nity through this com­ing week,” Moats said at his of­fice, where toys are be­ing col­lected and pro­cessed.

Do­na­tions and ap­pli­ca­tions to re­ceive toys are still be­ing taken up, but those in­ter­ested in get­ting help from the Sher­iff’s of­fice for Christ­mas need to ap­ply fast.

Moats took an ad­di­tional step to en­sure kids keep their toys and aren’t re­turned by scratch­ing out all the bar­codes on items. Ad­di­tion­ally, he was able to pur­chase chil­dren’s coats in bulk to give those out as well for the hol­i­days, and got sev­eral bi­cy­cles do­nated too.

“We’re hop­ing that we can give evey­one Christ­mas to those who re­ally need it,” Moats said.

Those wish­ing to give back can do so at anytirme by call­ing the of­fice at 770-749-2900.

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