Philanthropy — Fueled by donations from Yamhill County residents, the program is designed to help spread joy to children in the community

According to Yamhill County Sheriff Crabtree, oftentimes when a child comes into contact with law enforcement, it is during a negative situation. But, through the office’s annual toy drive, sheriff’s deputies have an opportunity to connect positively with kids and make sure that they do not go without a Christmas present.

The sheriff’s office is encouraging county residents to donate unwrapped toys, gift cards, cash, new coats or blankets. Children from 2 months to 15 years will receive the donation. Drop boxes are located at the county courthouse, sheriff’s office and the city halls of Dayton and Sheridan from now until Dec. 17. Gifts will be wrapped by volunteers and inmates, and then delivered to kids by sheriff’s deputies and volunteers the week surrounding Christmas.

Residents can also sign-up to receive toys for their kids by visiting the sheriff’s office website, But, keep in mind that due to a typically overwhelming response, the toy drive will be limited to the first 250 names. In an effort to maximize the number of children needing assistance, the list will be checked with other donation centers in the community. Names that are duplicated on another list will not be added to the list at the sheriff’s office.

For more information, call 1-503-434-7506.

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