Officials say the town of DeKalb is incorporating the gift of giving into its holiday preparations. Its annual toy drive is one of the special times where people may donate a toy or give money to help families in need this Christmas.
"Every year we try to do something to support our community," said Police Chief Steven Jackson. "We try to support families that are in need with this toy drive, My officer, Sgt. Rush, started this some years ago and he has been very proactive in supporting the community."
Jackson says every year there are families who do not have the monetary support to buy their children gifts. DeKalb deputy clerk Shirley Jackson emphasizes how important the toy drive is.
"Because some kids are less fortunate than the others and we want to make sure everyone has a great Christmas," Jackson said.
"Times are hard especially now," said DeKalb city clerk, Amy Smith. "A lot of people are not working and if we didn't participate and try to help out these families, kids wouldn't have toys for Christmas. And we feel like it helps the community and helps kids have a good Christmas morning."
City officials say you may bring your toys to the police station downtown or Dollar General on Highway 16. If you want to send monetary donations, mail them to Sgt. Rush, 94 Bell Street, DeKalb, MS 39328.
The DeKalb Christmas Parade is Thursday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. Scooba is also having a Christmas Parade, Saturday Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.