For over two decades the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office has sponsored the Stocking Full of Love toy drive. Each year, the Sheriff’s Office accepts names of needy children from Catoosa County schools, civic organizations and state agencies and provides toys for those children at Christmas.
"Last year approximately 1,200 children received assistance from the Stocking Full of Love program because of generous donations," officials said.
This year, beginning Nov.
27, the sheriff’s office will begin collecting names of those children (ages 12 months to 14 years) who would benefit from the program. Anyone needing assistance with Christmas should call either 706-965-7138 or 706-965-7139 for an appointment. Leave a message, if necessary, and someone will return your call. Names will only be accepted Nov. 27 through Dec. 8 between the hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
After that date, donated toys will be sorted and more toys will be purchased with the monies donated to "bring the joy of Christmas to hundreds of area children."
Anyone wishing to donate new toys can bring them to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, or contact the Sheriff’s Office to have the toys picked up at your residence or business when convenient. Sheriff Sisk stresses that the list of names continues to grow and the program is in great need of toy donations and monetary donations for the 2017 program.
All checks should be made payable to the Catoosa County Stocking Full of Love and may be mailed to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office at P.O. Box 909, Ringgold, Ga. 30736.