ELGIN, SC (WIS) - This year, Elgin area students have teamed up with the Elgin Police Department to help more than 150 families this holiday season.
Students from Stover Middle, Doby’s Mill Elementary and Blaney Elementary Schools, along with the entire Elgin community, have been collecting donations as part of the annual Elgin Police Department Toy Roundup and Caring Hands Foundation.
Collections have been underway since October, and those donations were presented to Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown during a school assembly at Stover Middle School, Friday morning. The police chief and his wife started the Toy Roundup back in 2005 to help out a small group of local families. Just last year, students have joined in to help even more families throughout Elgin.
Stover Middle School Teacher, Kim Stokes, says “We have raised over $5,000, collected about 7-800 cans, over 400 toys, 15 bikes and we are helping over 80 families, 200 children, and 50-60 senior citizens rights. We are always trying to teach our students to love, support and serve and that’s our motto here. We are a very small town but we have a big heart.”
Friday’s event featured several musical performances, as well as a Teddy Bear March where the students lined up to drop off their donated stuffed animals in front of the Christmas tree.