Deputies and dispatchers with the Howard County Sheriff's Office will be doing their part to brighten the holiday season for children in the Crossroads area, as they kick off a toy drive to benefit the local Salvation Army's Angel Tree.
Jessica Olivas, a dispatcher with the HCSO, said she and fellow dispatcher Jennifer Bakley came up with the idea to do the toy drive to not only help needy children, but to try to erase a nasty stereotype within the community.
“There are so many children out there who have been taught over the years that law enforcement officers are bad people,” said Olivas. “We see it every day. This toy drive is an opportunity to show them these officers and deputies care about them and are good people.”
Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be turned over to the Big Spring Salvation Army to be used in the local charity's annual Angel Tree program, which provides Christmas gifts to area low-income children and seniors.