Community Spirit--Holiday Gift Givers - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

12/21/04

Community Spirit--Holiday Gift Givers

The holiday season brings out the best in most of us. It's definitely a time we see more kindness and a willingness to help others. Like some very special police officers and some big-hearted neighbors.

Santa's workshop has nothing on Bulloch County, where police are working overtime to make dreams come true. It's their annual tradition of collecting toys for deserving children. With the help of Wal-Mart and the Marine Reserves, they've collected toys to brighten the holidays for 800 to 900 children.

This year, someone really got into the spirit and donated hand-crafted toys like airplanes and doll cradles. Officers say the children's response to the toys keeps them going. "A little girl, after I delivered Christmas to her, she said, 'Santa don't go,'" Sgt. Danny Tremble said. "I turned around and looked at her, went back and gave her a big hug and told her Santa will always be here for her."

Now that's motivation.

There's also help coming from Chatham County for homeless children. One community is doing all it can to spread a little joy. Landings residents collected more than 600 gifts to give to area homeless children. It's all part of the third annual Adopt an Angel project.

They work along with the Union Mission to make Christmas wishes come true. "We have 160 families at any given time," said Laura Webb with the Union Mission. "Especially over the holidays and the gifts do a lot to help and will come in handy when Santa delivers his goodies."

Residents donated all kinds of gifts from clothes to bicycles.

For working hard to make the holidays special for many young people who may not be very lucky in life, Bulloch County police and deputies and the Landings residents are part of the WTOC Community Spirit.

We know there are also many more organizations and individuals who have done more than their part to help those in need. We couldn't possibly call all of your names. But we salute you, too.

Questions or comments concerning WTOC Community Spirit should be directed to Dawn Baker, dbaker@wtoc.com.

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