BALLINGER- Runnels County Sheriff's Office will be holding it's annual toy drive on Wednesday, December 21, to make sure all kids in the area have a smile on their faces this holiday season. So far the Sheriff's Department has gathered some toys, but they still have a long way to go to the 400 delivered last year.

Nearly 200 children have signed already and more are expected in the next few days.

The Sheriff's Department toy drive benefits children in need in Ballinger, Winters, Wingate, Miles and many other places in Runnels County. This is a yearly drive that has been going for over 20 years.

The Sheriff's Department is open for donations during office hours, Monday through Friday. Donations can also be picked up by calling at 365 2121.

"We will be giving toys to these children on December 21 until we run out of toys or until we run out of money," said Runnels County Sheriff Bill Baird.

Registration is open for any family in Runnels County. Parents just have to come by or call to drop their name and address as well as their children's age and gender at the Sheriff's Department on Strong Avenue, behind the Courthouse. Donors are also welcomed.

Donations can be made in the form of new, unwrapped toys, or in cash.

The toy drive is aimed to benefit needy families in Runnels County, as a way to help all community to enjoy the happiness of the Christmas season.

Sheriff Bill Baird urged those who are going to donate to make it with time and not to wait until the last minute.