By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: December 3, 2019 | 3:45 p.m.
SURRY – It’s only the first week in December and the Surry County Sheriff’s Department is already busy helping Santa and his elves with not one, but two big events to benefit the children in the county.
“First, we’re inviting parents to bring your children the evening of December 4 to meet Santa and get their picture taken with him – for free!” said Sheriff Turner. “All the kids love to see Santa and this is just to give the kids a chance to do that. Mr. and Mrs. Clause will be there, just like last year! And this way the parents don’t have to travel outside the county and the kids can sit on Santa’s lap sand give him their wish list.”
Toys for Tots contributed through the Surry County Sheriff’s Department drive.
“I know as a kid I had the opportunity to visit Santa,” he continued, and we haven’t done the Christmas parade for a few years here in Surry, so we wanted to give them the opportunity, too. We’re also going to have kids crafts and Christmas pictures for the kids to color at the night with Santa.”
Turner added that this is a continuation of the program the department provided last year in partnership AmeriCare Plus, and they will be making free 5×7 photos of the kids that will be available for pick up the following week. The Picture Yourself with Santa Event will be held Wednesday, December 4, 5 – 8 p.m. at Surry County General District Courts Lobby, 45 School Street, in Surry.
The second effort the Sheriff’s Department is leading is part of a partnership with Toys for Tots, and Turner said that he wants everyone to know that all the toys collected will stay in Surry County, for the children of Surry County.
George L. Fauntleroy, III and his sister Jasmin Fauntleroy enjoy having their ipicture made with Santa!
“We have some families here who just make ends meet, so this is an opportunity to be able to help those families – local families – get the kids some toys for Christmas,” he continued. “From now until December 15, we invite people who want to share something with other kids at Christmas to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the box at the Sheriff’s office behind the Government Center at 45 School Street. This is our second time, doing it, and last year was a huge success.”
“There’s a lot of parents that’s not able to buy toys and things for their kids,” Turner said. “So these are things we’re doing to try to help parents with that little extra boost to give the kids something for Christmas. We’re really looking forward to seeing everybody out for the pictures with Santa and to donate for our county’s toy drive. It’s for a good cause.”
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