It's the season of giving, and firefighters with Barrow County Emergency Services are joining members from the Barrow Emergency Support Team/Community Emergency Response Team in hosting their annual “Empty Stocking” toy drive.
“All proceeds from this toy drive will again go to the Holiday Connection store,” Lieutenant Scott Dakin said in a news release. “This means that all donations will stay right here in Barrow County to help those of our neighbors that are in need this Christmas.”
The Holiday Connection is a gift store operated by Barrow County Family Connection/Communities in Schools, a collaborative in which various local agencies work together to meet the needs of Barrow County residents.
The toy drive will be held today, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. Each Saturday, firefighters and team members will be at the Barrow Crossing shopping center parking lot in front of the Staples store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. collecting new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations. Residents can also drop off donations at any Barrow County fire station.
“I cannot imagine being a child and waking up excited for Christmas and finding no presents, or being a parent and having to decide between feeding my child or getting them a few presents,” Dakin said. “Through the generosity of so many of our neighbors we can try and make sure these children wake up Christmas morning to unwrap presents.”