This traditional Christmas service is provided for Davidson County residents who are not receiving assistance from any other charitable organization. According to Sheriff Daron Hall, it brings joy to families and volunteers alike.
“We are thrilled about our third year of partnership with the Last Minute Toy Store. In 2018, we provided toys, books, stocking stuffers, and other holiday items for more than 5,500 children who, otherwise, would have had nothing on Christmas morning,” Hall said. “Anyone who came out last year to donate or volunteer can tell you what an impact the store can have on all involved. We saw parents coming out of the store after getting their shopping tickets in tears and it’s meaningful to our volunteers; knowing they are making a difference. The sheriff’s office is proud to be part of this unique and meaningful event.”
Ticket were distributed on a first come, first serve basis, on Wednesday, allowing each holder to return for shopping on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. The store is conveniently located on WeGo Public Transit route 52B, at the DCSO Service Center, 5117 Harding Place.
LMTS President Dale Robble, who has helped coordinate the LMTS effort for years said: “In 2017, we began this new partnership and had no idea it would be such an overwhelming success. It exceeded our expectations and we feel truly blessed to continue working with the sheriff’s office to, literally, provide Christmas for thousands of children. As successful as we were last year, that can’t continue without the support of our community. I hope you will take time this week to drop off a donation or go to our website to donate through Amazon and help a child in need.”
Toys and $20 gift cards for teens were accepted at the DCSO Service Center until December 18.
“It is the season of giving and helping those who are less fortunate.” Hall said. If you are looking for a charitable organization to assist this holiday season, I hope you will make it the Last Minute Toy Store. Many families won’t have gifts for their kids without your generosity.”