Posted: Dec 8, 2010 5:54 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Dec 8, 2010 5:54 PM
WEST FELCIANA - In the tenth year of the West Feliciana Sheriff's Office "Kids Christmas," they have 25 percent fewer toys than they need, with the event just days away.
Last year, they gave about 200 kids gifts. This year, they're expecting 300 kids, but have gotten fewer donations.
"It's got a lot to do with the economy," Sheriff J. Austin Daniel said. "Times are hard, it's harder to make ends meet, and therefore, it's less money to give away."
You can count the number of presents for kids under three on one hand, something the Sheriff wants to change.
"To see the excitement on the kids' faces, it's worth a million dollars," Daniel said.
Workers at the Sheriff's Office believe last minute donations may help close the gap. They are expecting 70 bicycles in the next few days, and have been adopted by several churches. They are still asking for donations of toys for kids between seven and ten years old and for children under three.
You can take toy donations to the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office in St. Francisville or make donations to the Bank of St. Francisville.