Santa, sheriff’s office deliver toys

Published 10:33 pm Monday, December 12, 2016

Santa Claus, along with the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office, delivered hundreds of toys to two Suffolk schools on Monday.

The Sheriff’s Office was at both Suffolk Walmart stores on Saturday to collect toys. Maj. E.C. Harris said about 10 sheriff’s cars were stuffed with toys, not to mention nearly 20 bicycles that were donated.

“The people of this city are generous,” Harris said.

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He recalled one lady who spared $20 and bought four toys. She said the only reason she received toys as a child was because of efforts like this one, so she wanted to give back.

The toys were delivered Monday morning to Mack Benn Jr. Elementary School and Elephant’s Fork Elementary School. Santa Claus was spotted at the schools as well, even stopping in at an honor roll assembly at Elephant’s Fork, to the delight of the students.

Harris said this is the third year of the sheriff’s office doing a toy drive. The office plans to deliver yearly to Elephant’s Fork — with which it is partners-in-education — as well as one other school, which will rotate.

Elephant’s Fork Assistant Principal Garrick Rhoads said the sheriff’s office is helping the school and its students.

“It helps a lot of our kids who might not get that much for Christmas,” Rhoads said, adding that the sheriff’s office also conducts a school supply drive yearly for Elephant’s Fork. “It’s just a great thing for our school and for our kids that might not have as much.”

Rhoads said the toys at Elephant’s Fork will be distributed by drawing a certain number of names for each grade level.

“You can imagine how excited those kids get when their names are drawn,” he said.