The Toy Drive for the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office got off to a great start this past Saturday. Coastal Community Association, South Gulf County Fire Department and St. Joseph Bay Golf Club have begun collecting donations for toys for Gulf County’s deserving children. Brendan and Cindy Murphy made a generous donation to Coastal Community Association and arranged with the Dollar General Market to have an additional 25 percent discount over the sale prices the Saturday before Thanksgiving. More donors jumped in with only a day to raise some funds. This is just the first effort and “kick off” for the Children’s Wish List for the Sheriff’s Toy Drive.
Volunteers from the Coastal Community Association, South Gulf County Department and St. Joseph Bay Golf Club met at the Dollar General Market to play Santa’s Helpers and had a world of fun shopping for toys. Jon, the Manager for Dollar General Market and his staff jumped right in and helped out. Shop LOCAL became real. Boy Scout Troop 47 was collecting for the Food Drive and they helped load the toys for us.
Toys of every description filled the carts and blocked the aisles as the group of “elves” shopped their hearts out. The toys were taken to the drop offs in South Gulf County at the St Joseph Bay Golf Club, South Gulf County Fire Department and Gulf 2 Bay Construction offices in Simmons Bayou to hold for all the other donations that will be brought in through the Toy Drive.
The Jingle Bell Golf Tournament will be held on Dec. 12 at St. Joseph Bay Golf Club to add more toys. Golfers are asked to bring a toy to play. Call the Club at 227-1751 for more information. Drop offs can be taken to the drop off spots or donations can be made to Coastal Community Association or South Gulf County Fire Department and we’ll do the shopping for you. Our deadline for collection of all toys is Dec. 20 so they can be gotten to Santa through the Gulf County Sheriff’s Department.
Get in the Christmas Spirit and make some child’s Christmas wish come true by donating to the toy drive. It just makes you feel good!