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Craighead County law enforcement hosting toy drive

A toy drive has started at the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department in Jonesboro.

Law enforcement officers decided they wanted to start a fun tradition that would help children in the county they serve.

Lt. Aaron Davis said getting an opportunity to make the holidays brighter for kids is great.

 “So often we're dealing with kids it's in a negative environment or scenario,” Davis said. “Like domestic violence related situation or child custody issue and it's just nice to do some good for a change."

These deputies are looking for new toys for both little boys and girls.

They’ll be collecting donations through Dec. 15, but have a show stopper planned during the middle of the drive.

“Dec.11 and 12 we’ll be at Walmart on Parker Road with the MRAP rescue vehicle,” Sheriff Marty Boyd said. “Our theme is to Pack the MRAP. We’re gonna see how many toys we can get in there. We encourage the kids to come out with their parents, explore the MRAP, take pictures with it.”

“It's Christmas, that's what it's about,” Davis said. “It's about the kids, you know. And especially those less fortunate than we are, you know. Being able to actually help them, makes everybody feel good.”

Sheriff Boyd said the officers just wanted to get to help.

“We see so many children throughout the days and our work environment that are just less fortunate than what we are,” Boyd said. “ And if we can brighten a child’s Christmas by handing them a new toy. That sends so much joy to us and it does so much good for the community and for that child and their family. We have a lot of families that just can’t afford to provide for their children like other families can and we want to help that.”

You can also drop off toys at the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at both the Craighead County and Lake City offices.

All items collected will be distributed to several local agencies who will make sure those most in need receive them.

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