PULASKI COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting toy donations to help bring a little holiday cheer to the children who need it most.
The drive is being spearheaded by a dispatcher in the department, Jessica Capron, who says they haven’t done something like this in years.
She said her call to action was seeing a family struggling coming into the Pulaski County Courthouse.
“It really touched me in a way that I didn’t think it would," she said, “as a single mom, I know that I’m going to be able to provide a very good Christmas for my daughter, and to see this baby come in and know that she wasn’t going to have a good Christmas, that was it. It was a done deal.”
She said she didn’t know where to start, so she reached out to Marsha Hayes at Family Counseling Services in Vienna.
Hayes said she already needed help with their own holiday drive, The Angel Tree Program, where they collect toys and donations for the needy in the 7 southernmost counties in Illinois.
That includes Pulaski County where Hayes said there are dozens of children who’s families need help with putting on Christmas. She said drives like this mean the world to children who don’t come from a lot of money.
“They don’t understand and it’s not their fault," she said, “but kids know that Santa’s gonna come if they’re good, and if they are and there’s still no presents, that’s hard for them to understand and comprehend.”
Well now, Capron said Pulaski county kids can depend on at least some help from the sheriff’s office from here on out.
“The toys are just the tip of the iceberg. Next year it’s gonna be a lot bigger and hopefully we can do a lot more for them."
Toys, clothes and canned food items will be accepted to benefit the families in need on Dec. 19. The toys and clothes can be new or gently used.
Donations can be dropped off Monday-Friday 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. at the Pulaski County Courthouse located at 500 Illinois Ave Mound City, Illinois.