SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Suffolk Sheriff’s Office says it collected more than 5,000 toys as part of its 8th Annual Operation Helping Hands Toy Drive.
The one-day toy drive was held at two local Walmart stores this year, on December 4.
The sheriff’s office accepted donations of new unwrapped toys, but asked that individuals do not donate toy guns including Nerf Guns.
The toys will be given to families in need.
The sheriff’s office provided images of the haul, which included everything from sports equipment, games, dolls, arts and crafts, bicycles, puzzles, books, cars and trucks.
“It will make the children and families’ holidays so much brighter and happier. Our families are all struggling economically and to have this generosity of the community bestowed on them is greatly appreciatedSuffolk Sheriff’s Office
With the City of Suffolk having over 80 juvenile-involved shootings this year, the drive also featured free gun safety locks and Eddie Eagle educational materials. They want to introduce children to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe program which is a gun accident prevention program that has helped keep kids safe. The program makes no value judgments about firearms and no firearms are ever used.