Lions Club & Ocean Springs PD Provide Toys to Needy Kids

The Lions Club and the Ocean Springs Police Department have again teamed up for a covert mission. Instead of serving warrants, police officers and other volunteers will be armed with toys on Christmas Eve, a special delivery for youngsters who need special attention this Christmas because of tough circumstances.

It’s hard to believe, but some people on the Coast can’t afford to put gifts under the tree for their kids, but the holiday season will be a little brighter and shine with the spirit of giving thanks to this toy drive carried out annually by the Lions Club and the Ocean Springs Police Department. Officer Van Garrard of the Ocean Springs Police Department says, "There’s a lot of hard working people that just put forth all the effort they can and they just can’t get ahead for one reason or another and it’s ok. Everybody struggles. We all struggle."

You can help out too. Just bring an unwrapped gift to the Ocean Springs Police Department and you can be sure that it will make it into the right hands. Garrard also says, "As we go to people’s homes throughout the year, we take note of those children who are truly in need and we notate that so when it comes time to deliver the toys to the children, we know the children who are truly in need."

Toys and non-perishable food will be collected at the police station up until Christmas Eve. When the clock strikes five that evening, the volunteers and police officers will load up and make these special deliveries to unsuspecting families. They’re hoping their mission will be a little more covert this year. Garrard closes, "We’ve been busted a couple of times putting toys on people’s porch, but it’s a good kind of bust. The children were very thankful and I’m sure the parents were too."

This is the toy drive’s second year and hopes are high that over the next two weeks, boxes will be filled with food and toys that will mean a special Christmas memory for years to come.

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