GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – People in Pitt County can now drop off new and unwrapped toys during Pitt County’s Operation Santa Claus.
(Above are some of the decorated toy drop-off boxes).
The goal is to make sure children in need to receive Christmas presents this holiday season.
The Greenville Fire & Rescue and The Salvation Army of Greenville, N.C. have teamed up to help with the event.
The event is countywide, with collection drop-off boxes stationed at Pitt County Schools, fire stations, and more.
Schools also participate in competitions where they decorate the donation boxes. Whoever has the most creative one wins.
“I really love operation Santa Claus because it keeps the gifts in Greenville, so we’re able to give back to our community. These are kids that are going to our schools so it’s really important.”– Martha Dudley, J.H. Rose School Counselor
Along with other J.H. Rose High School staff, Counselor Martha Dudley decorated a donation box, turning it into a gingerbread house.
The staff worked during lunch hours for a week to get the job done.
In previous years, thousands of donated toys were given to children in need through the event.
Once Christmas nears, the Salvation Army will collect the donations from the drop-off boxes on December 16. Then they’ll distribute them to families.
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