BY JUSTIN MINYARD
The Clay County Sheriff’s Department is working in conjunction with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and other agencies in the state to help to ease the homesickness bed-ridden children at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children (BHC) may feel.
Beginning the week after Thanksgiving, CCSD DUI Patrol Officer Rick Haggard grabbed the torch and decided to head CCSD’s toy collection. Although it was later than he had initially hoped, the shear quantity of toys garnered thus far has provided a warm sensation in the hearts of CCSD staff.
“Toys that are collected go to the children at (BHC),” said Haggard. “They also get to keep the toys once they’re discharged. I liked that idea.”
And so it began, but not without its delays. Haggard said there were a number of materials that took their time arriving for use, but were necessary for adequate and accurate promotion of the toy drive. Considering the recipients of the toys will be youngsters, it was important that the toys donated corresponded with a criteria taking said age into consideration. In addition to the promotional materials needed, Haggard also had to wait for a list provided by the BHC, which laid out just what toys would pass the inspection.
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