The Ellis County Toy Drive wrapped up Thursday, with Sheriff’s Deputies Ken Hatcher and Bud Brannon delivering the gifts to a local children’s home.
The sheriff’s office van was filled to capacity with the boxes, necessitating a second trip to take over the bicycles that were donated.
This was the third year for the employee-led toy drive, which each year alternates assistance between the Presbyterian Home for Children and the Texas Baptist Home for Children.
This year, the toys were taken to the Presbyterian home.
“We started collecting toys in November,” said Hatcher, who helps coordinate the effort.
Over the ensuing weeks, employees placed toys in boxes set out at each of the precinct barns and other county facilities such as the county clerk’s office, the tax office, the sheriff’s main office and the sheriff’s law enforcement center at the county farm.
Sheriff’s maintenance assistant Donnie Christian donated a large boxful of toys and gift cards toward the cause.
“It’s just something I do because I can,” he said. “It’s the third year for it and the third year I’ve done it.”
The program serves children ages infant to 17, with county employees donating a wide range of toys and gift cards for distribution at the home.