Posted: Saturday, December 1st 2012 at 8:56am
Troopers collecting toys, monetary donations
By Rob Moore Editor
Sgt. 1st Class Chad Johnson, post commander of Georgia State Patrol Post 6 in Gainesville, encourages people to support this year's Toys for Tots campaign. (Photo/Rob Moore)
GAINESVILLE – Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol are helping put the "merry” in Christmas for some families this season.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety is participating in the 2012 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign to collect toys for needy children.
Troopers from Post 6 in Gainesville are out this weekend collecting, according to Sgt. 1st Class Chad Johnson, post commander.
Troopers are collecting new, unwrapped toys (no guns, toy hand grenades or similar items) to support the Marine Corps Reserve’s efforts to brighten Christmas for needy children.
“We’ll be at Sam’s Club in Oakwood throughout the day Saturday,” Johnson said.
“On Sunday, we’ll be at the end of Christmas on Green Street in Gainesville,” Johnson said. “We’ll be at the back with a Charger and the pickup so people don’t have to walk out in front of other entries to give us their toys.”
Christmas on Green Street begins at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Gainesville Civic Center on Green Street and continues to Academy Street. Troopers will be at the Civic Center beforehand and also will be around after the event to accept both new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations.
Troopers from GSP Post 7 in Toccoa are out in Cornelia today (Saturday) collecting toys in front of Walmart until 5 p.m.
“And we can also check their child safety seats if they need us to,” said Senior Trooper Jason Stephens.
This is the fourth year Georgia Troopers and officers with Capitol Police and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division have joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to collect toys.
Donated toys also may be dropped off at Georgia State Patrol posts between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
In northeast Georgia, those posts include:
* Post 6, 2000 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville;
* Post 7, 3674 West Currahee St., Toccoa;
* Post 27, 158 Industrial Blvd., Blue Ridge;
* Post 32, 1505 U.S. Highway 29 N., Athens;
* Post 37, 4055 County Way, Cumming;
* Post 17 (Troop E), 1015 Greensboro Road, Washington.
Col. Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said assisting in the Toys for Tots campaign is an important way to give back to those in local communities.
“Many of our department members have served in the Marine Corps, and we know firsthand the impact Toys for Tots has on helping others,” McDonough said. “The child safety seat checks provide another way for us to give back to the community. We hope to not only brighten needy children’s holidays, but keep them safe as well.
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