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Diboll Police start their 12th annual toy drive

By Holley Nees - bio | email

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) – It started 12 years ago as a way to give Diboll families in need a good Christmas.

The fifth grade Diboll Rockin' Jack Choir sang Christmas songs to kick-off the Diboll Police Department's annual toy drive.

In the beginning, the drive helped 25 families and this year the need has grown to more than 70 families and close to 200 children.

Once the toys are collected, they're loaded into patrol cars for officers to deliver a few days before Christmas.

Santa passes out the left-over toys to other houses in Diboll neighborhoods.

The police chief said it offers a way for the children to see officers in a positive light.

"It's a lot of work, but you know when it's all over, it's well worth it when you go up and deliver the toys and see those kids' faces and so it just makes it worthwhile," said Chief Kent Havard.

You can drop your toys off at the T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library in Diboll until December 17, the Diboll Police Department, or any Toys for Tots box you see around the city.

The chief said they'll also come pick them up for you if you give them a call.  They especially need gifts for teens.

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