McCoy Park in Peebles was a special place once again last Saturday as the Union Hill Church sponsored their third annual “Toys 4 Tots” event. With the able assistance of many volunteers and the presence of Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers and some of his deputies, the event was again a rousing success.
All of the toys which are given to the children and the food that is served is donated making “Toys 4 Tots” free for every youngster attending. The sheriff and his deputies actually go into various neighborhoods to invite children to come and enjoy all of the free food, games, and even get a ride in the sheriff’s cruiser. Each child is also given a toy that was donated to the cause.
Throughout the year toy drives are held to help local law enforcement assist as many children in “at-risk” situations as possible. When the circumstances arise, the deputies will use the donated toys, which are kept on hand in the cruisers, to reach out to youngsters in many diverse and difficult situations. The culmination of the effort is the annual “Toys 4 Tots.”
“I’d like to give big thank you to the Union Hill Church for all of their hard work and dedication to the “Toys 4 Tots” program,” says Sheriff Rogers. “The answers to tomorrow’s problems are found in the youth of today.
“Our generation has let things get out of control and these youngsters are the generation that can stop it.”
As part of the “Toys 4 Tots” event, Sheriff Rogers took time to speak to all of the children about making good choices and what to do in difficult situations. Rogers encourages the children to stay in school and to stay out of trouble. He spoke to the children on issues such as bullying and always saying no to drugs. The sheriff encouraged the young people to speak up, talk, and tell others whenever they may encounter one of these potentially dangerous situations in their lives.
“We come together to help bridge the gap with helping hand and tender hearts,” said Kimberly Browning, one of the event’s volunteers. “Together we can reach one child at a time in hopes of making a positive impact on their lives.
“We just want them to know that someone out there really cares.”