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'Operation Toy Drop' ready to deliver hundreds of toys

This year they have more toys than ever and despite a rainy forecast the gifts will all make it there on schedule.
Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson loads up the truck with toys
Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson loads up the truck with toys
Hundreds of toys were donated and they will be brought to the hospital tomorrow. There has been a slight change of plans though, because of bad weather the toys will be taken in by a truck rather than by helicopter. Sheriff Andy Hughes says even though the trip won't go exactly according to plan, he's happy they're still able to get the toys to the kids on time.

"The extra burden of having the children in the hospital and even the children that are not sick that are there with their family members and we're providing them with Christmas toys also so it's very near and dear to our heart as sheriffs," said Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes.

Chief Deputy Tim McDonald with the Dale County Sheriff's Office was actually the one to come up with the idea-- after his daughter spent time in that same hospital.

"It was something that I thought, how could we as officers give back to children in need and this is what we came up with...I'm just one officer but I come on behalf of all the officers in southeast Alabama. We all have children and we all have family and we're here to help," said McDonald.

This year they have more toys than ever and despite a rainy forecast the gifts will all make it there on schedule.

"The reaction from last year's toy drop was overwhelming. The hospital was very grateful in getting these toys to these children. The parents were very thankful. We could tell that it probably got those children's mind off of their problems for a little while."

Giving them a chance to enjoy Christmas, despite being in a hospital room.
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