Sheriff will participate in Operation Toy Drop Dec. 6

Published 4:12 pm Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Chilton County Sheriff Kevin Davis will represent one of 14 law enforcement agencies from Alabama to drop toys from a helicopter for children who will more than likely spend the Christmas holiday in the hospital.

Davis said he will participate in Operation Toy Drop on Dec. 6 with other law enforcement agencies to deliver toys donated from the community to children staying at Children’s of Alabama hospital in Birmingham.

“It is a really neat event,” Davis said. “The kids are all really excited.”

This is the second year for Davis to participate in the event.

Davis said he is accepting new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages until Dec. 5 at his office on the second floor of the Chilton County Courthouse.

The toys will then be transported in a helicopter from Chilton County to Birmingham where they will be dropped off to Santa, who will use them to stock the Children’s Sugar Plum Shop.

The shop is a room at the hospital where parents of children staying in the hospital can go and pick out gifts.

“Many of the families never leave the hospital so this is a way for them to still be able to have Christmas,” Davis said.

Items acceptable for donations include infant light up toys, infant musical toys, crib toys, board games, arts and crafts kits, scrapbooks and scrapbook supplies, jewelry making kits and new books for all ages.

The hospital also needs gifts for teen patients including gift-cards, DVD’s and new video games.

The shop is unable to accept candy or food items, used stuffed animals, used books, toy weapons (toys that have weapons attached or any kind of “shooting” toy) yo-yos, jump ropes and paddleboards with string and balls attached.

According to a release from the hospital, the Sugar Plum Shop has had more than 500 children receive gifts from the shop.

For more information about donations, contact Davis at 755-4698.