(ROCKWALL, TX – Dec. 26, 2016) Rockwall residents and businesses portrayed what the holiday season is all about by providing hundreds of local children with toys for Christmas via the Rockwall County Helping Hands 40th Annual Toy Drive.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Rockwall ISD Administration Building, Helping Hands volunteers welcomed families in need to choose from a whole gym’s full of unwrapped toys, stocking stuffers, gift cards, and bicycles donated by the Rockwall Rotary to give their children for Christmas.
The toys were all donated by citizens and businesses of the community, and brought Christmas joy to over 850 kids of families in need in the county – an immense increase from last year’s total of around 500 kids. Residents could drop off their unwrapped items for the toy drive inside big bins set up at locations around Rockwall: Belk, The Well Coffee Lounge in Royse City, Rockwall City Hall, Heath City Hall, Half-Price Books, Rockwall County Library and the Helping Hands Assistance and Referral Office.
Helping Hands President Jon Bailey said the agency aimed to supply kids from birth to age 16 with three toys each, plus a stocking stuffer, in this year’s toy drive.
“It was really a combined effort by residents and local businesses to help bring in the toys for the toy drive. It means a lot to this community when you look at the amount of people that we’re able to help, the impact the citizens of Rockwall are able to make on those who may not have a Christmas,” Bailey said.
Story and photos by Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News.
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