Stocking Full of Love toy giveaway

The Al Millard Stocking Full of Love Toy Drive is well underway in Walker County. Its deadline for applicants is Nov. 30. Last year the non-profit charity served 1,300 area children. (Messenger file photo)

The Al Millard Stocking Full of Love Toy Drive is well underway in Walker County and its deadline for applicants is Nov. 30.

In 2016, Stocking Full of Love served 1,300 children. About five years ago, during the recession, the non-profit organization served more than 2,000 area children, Sheriff Steve Wilson said.


Applications have been available since Nov. 1 and can be located at Walker County Sheriff's Office, Walker County Family & Children's Services, and Rossville Police Department.

Online applications can be printed from the Walker County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page and the Al Millard Stocking Full of Love page.


According to Wilson, the Toy Store giveaway and setup is always appreciative and in need of volunteers.

The Toy Store will be located once again at Oakwood Baptist Church in Chickamauga. Volunteers are needed for the Toy Store setup, which will be Friday, Dec. 8, from 6-11 p.m.

The Toy Store giveaway will be Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteers would work in three-hour waves the day of the giveaway, with groups volunteering from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and noon to close at 3 p.m.


Anyone who would like to support a child in Walker County is asked to donate $50 per child, Wilson said. For example, for two children, it would be a donation of $100, and so fourth. Residents wishing to assist with the program and help area children have a special Christmas should mail a check donation to P.O. Box 767.

ATV parade

The 14th Annual ATV Parade benefiting the Stocking Full of Love is set for Saturday, Dec. 2, from 3-6 p.m.

The event is hosted by the Chattanooga Valley Lions Club.

The parade route will start at the Chattanooga Valley Lions Clubhouse and travel to the Georgia-Tennessee line, where it will turn around and travel back through downtown Flintstone.

Cash prizes will go toward the best decorated 4-wheeler. A chili supper will follow the event.

Toy or cash donations will be accepted during the event. For additional information, contact Leon Ellis at 706-931-2551.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at