WINSTON COUNTY - Watching a child’s eyes sparkle with wonder on Christmas morning is one of the greatest joys of the season. Sadly, for many children and their parents across the county, a merry Christmas may not happen. Thankfully, families in need have a group they can turn to for help.
Fraternal Order of Police Free State Lodge #51 is sponsoring Toys for Tots once again this year. Applications are now available at the Winston County Sheriff’s Office in the Winston County Courthouse in Double Springs, the Double Springs Police Department, the Addison Police Department, the Arley Police Department and the Lynn Police Department.
Toys for Tots is open to residents across Winston County with the exception of Haleyville. Those in need within Haleyville can reach out to the Haleyville Rotary Club’s Toys for Kids program for help.
To receive help from Toys for Tots, children must reside in Winston County and be ages 12 and under. Applications must be submitted by the child’s parent or legal guardian. Only one application per child will be accepted.
Members of the Free State Lodge are needing donations of toys and monetary contributions. Only new toys will be accepted, and can be dropped off at the Winston County Sheriff’s Office. Monetary contributions can be mailed to:
Winston County Sheriff’s Office
P.O. Box 10
Double Springs, AL. 35553
Checks need to be made payable to Winston County FOP Lodge 51/Toys for Tots.
All applications must be turned in to the Winston County Sheriff’s Office or any town hall other than Haleyville City Hall no later than Friday, Dec. 14.
Volunteers are invited to come to the Double Springs Municipal Building Dec. 20-21 at 5 p.m. to help FOP members pack up the toys for families. The toys will be available for pickup on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Double Springs Municipal Building.
FOP members want to thank the community in advance for their support in helping area children in need have a very Merry Christmas.
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