Gary Sisk

Gary Sisk

The Catoosa County Sheriff's Department's annual "Stocking Full of Love" toy drive is nearing, an event sponsored by the agency to help give area children a better Christmas season.

For more than two decades, the Sheriff’s Department has sponsored the event, and each year the agency accepts names of needy children from county schools, civic organizations, and state agencies and provides toys for these children at Christmas.

"Last year approximately 1,200 children received assistance from the Stocking Full of Love program because of generous donations," Sheriff Gary Sisk said in statement regarding the event. "This year, beginning November 27, the Sheriff’s Office will begin collecting names of those children (ages 12 months to 14 years) who would benefit from the program. Anyone needing assistance with Christmas should call either 706-965-7138 or 706-965-7139 for an appointment."

Those looking to nominate a child or children should leave a message if necessary and the call will be returned.

Names will only be accepted Nov. 27 through Dec. 8 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. After that date, donated toys will be sorted and more toys will be purchased with the money donated to bring the joy of Christmas to hundreds of area children.

Anyone wishing to donate new toys can bring them to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department or contact the Sheriff’s Department to have the toys picked up at a residence or business when convenient.

Sheriff Sisk stresses that the list of names continues to grow and the program is in great need of toy donations and monetary donations for the 2017 program.

All checks should be made payable to the Catoosa County Stocking Full of Love and may be mailed to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department at P.O. Box 909, Ringgold, Ga. 30736.

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.