Coffee County Community Toy Drive To Begin Next Week
The City of Douglas is inviting citizens in Douglas and Coffee County to “start a season of giving “by participating in the 2017 Coffee County Community Toy Drive. The Toy Drive, hosted by the City of Douglas and many other local community agencies, will support boys and girls ages 12 and under.
The Toy Drive will begin during the Community Holiday Spectacular, which will be held on Saturday, November 18, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
“We have approximately 500 youth in our community who are on toy lists with local agencies,” says Mayor Tony Paulk. “We need our community to support this Community Toy Drive. Local citizens and businesses are encouraged to donate a toy or make monetary donations.”
According to city officials, attendees of the Community Holiday Spectacular at the Martin Centre are encouraged to give a $10 donation or a new $10 unwrapped child’s toy. Local businesses and community agencies will also have large, wrapped boxes at their entrances for people to donate an unwrapped toy for boys and girls.
Law enforcement agencies will set up on several dates beginning Saturday, November 18, through Thursday, December 14, at area businesses for toy collection. Douglas Police and Douglas Fire Department will collect toys on Saturday, November 25, at Walmart from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Georgia State Patrol will set up on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Walmart to accept toy donations and also provide car seat checks for citizens. On December 4, 2017, CSRA Probation Services will be accepting donations at the Dollar General in Broxton from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Individuals who are aware of a family or child that is in need of assistance should contact the Douglas Police Department at 912-384-2222 or Douglas Fire Department at 912-384-4815 for an application. Applications must be completed and returned to CSRA Probation Services located at 912 North Madison Avenue between Monday - Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., prior to December 6, 2017. Applications without complete information will not be accepted.
Toys collected will be distributed on December 16, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Central Square Complex. Qualifying families will be contacted to participate on toy distribution day at Central Square Complex.
To make a monetary donation for the Community Toy Drive, checks should be made payable to: City of Douglas, Memo: Community Toy Drive, 211 S. Gaskin Avenue, Douglas, GA 31533. All monetary donations collected will be used to purchase gifts for the children.
The City of Douglas would like to give “special thanks” to Southwire, Georgia State Patrol, CSRA Probation Services, Douglas Police Department, Douglas Fire Department, City of Douglas and other community agencies for their contribution to this community event.