The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Catoosa County as officials with the Brainerd Motorsports Park delivered a sizable donation to the annual "Stocking Full of Love" toy drive Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 20.

The annual toy drive, organized by the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department, collects toys and donations leading up to Christmas and then uses those contributions to give gifts to underprivileged children in the county.

"This is our 30th year," said Sheriff Gary Sisk. "We've had a about 1,150 kids involved, and it's helping out a little over 400 families."

With the drive set to begin distributing gifts on Thursday, members of the drag strip at the Brainerd Motorsports Park dropped by Battlefield Elementary School Wednesday afternoon to deliver a big donation to help with the effort.

Steven and Amy Farrow, and their son, Charlie, brought two vehicle loads of donations to the school, all of which were collected at the drag strip in November.

"We did a toy drive at the drag strip. It was called "Dragging for Toys," and people donated toys as entry fees to get in the gate," Steven Farrow said. "This was all part of a one-day collection. We do it every year, but it had to be rescheduled a couple of times due to the weather."

Farrow says the initial drive was set to take place around Halloween, but that it was pushed back to the second week of November due to the weather delays.

"We also took up canned goods that were taken to Christ Chapel," Farrow said.

County Commissioner Jeff Long helped the Farrows deliver the donation, and said that he's really proud of the generosity shown through the whole event.

"The Farrows did a great job with this, and Ron and Karen Newman couldn't be here, but they partnered with them on this," Long said.

Sisk says that the "Stocking Full of Love" store is finished setting up, and that families that were scheduled to pick up items for their children could begin doing so Thursday morning at 8 a.m.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.