It would be a serious understatement to say that that toy drive organized by Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyres was a success in 2018. When a corporate sponsor pulled out of supporting the toy drive, the citizens of Runnels County and surrounding areas stepped in. In the end, enough toys were collected to give gifts to over 300 children, who may not have otherwise received a Christmas gift.

Squyres spoke about what makes the toy drive special to him and the sheriff’s office, “Sheriff Bill Baird started this toy drive many years ago. In the last 19 years that I’ve been here, I have seen the pure joy on the faces of the families when they see the gifts they will be able to give their children, who would have done without on Christmas morning. I also have seen the joy in the faces of Runnels County citizens when they make their  donations. This toy drive is something I am proud to continue.” It’s obvious to those who help deliver presents what a difference it makes to the children and to the parents, “As I said before I have seen the faces of the families who receive these gifts. I know without a doubt people’s generosity makes each Christmas much more joyous for these children. Through your donations they not only receive toys, but clothing, blankets, hygiene products and many other items these children need.” Squyres said that the goal this year is the same as every year, to provide gifts for the children of the county. Squyres says monetary donations help throughout the year, “Our goal is to provide another wonderful Christmas for all the less fortunate in Runnels County. Just so everyone knows, through their generous monetary donations, we also help the elderly in Runnels County throughout the year with things such as air conditioners in the summer months and heaters in the winter months. We also provide motel rooms and meals when needed by travelers who have found themselves stranded in Runnels County without money. We have also done the same for victims of family violence when the need arises. “

Toys can be dropped off at the sheriff’s office at 612 Strong Ave or you can drop them off at KRUN radio located at 1920 Hutchings Ave. They an also be dropped off at the Runnels County Register newspaper office at 709 Hutchins Ave.