PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Portsmouth Department of Social Services hosted a Project Toy Drop event this month.
The event, in partnership with the Kids Wish Network organization, wass slated for Saturday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1701 High Street.
During the toy drop, brand new toys and books were distributed to Portsmouth youth. The event wass open to all kids from age 3 to 16 who are residents of Portsmouth.
Usually, when you see a bunch of toys up for grabs, it involves a man in a red suit coming down your chimney in December. But summer pretty much just started.
“There’s nothing wrong with Christmas in June,” said Pamela Little-Hill, director of Portsmouth Social Services.
Distributing all these toys to area children is something Little-Hill says is sorely needed.
“I think it’s been hard for families in general,” she said. “Some of our children have really been through a tough time, funds have been short, food has been in short supply, again, people have been unemployed. So this is just a time to give back.”
It’s especially important to those who need it most.
“The children that we’re targeting, it’s recognizing our children of military families, at-risk youth and other deserving children in the community,” she said.
From stuffed animals, pop figures, clothing, jewelry and everything in between, there’s something for every child. While we all navigate to a new normal in the wake of COVID-19, they know a gesture like this will go a long way.
“It’s a time to say let people know that we are here, we see what’s going on, we understand, and we just want to bring a smile to your face,” Little-Hill said.
All participants must present an ID. For additional information, residents can contact Dana Spruill at (757) 405-1800, ext. 8384. Residents wishing to attend can register HERE.