Wednesday, February 1, 2023

City of Williamsburg assistance program helps 143 children get gifts this Christmas

Williamsburg families had a chance to pick out toys donated through the Williamsburg Police Department’s fifth annual Toy Drive. (WYDaily/Courtesy of the City of Williamsburg)

Even Santa needs help delivering toys sometimes.

The City of Williamsburg’s Department of Human Services invited families to come and “shop” for toys as part of the Holiday Assistance Program.

Families picked out toys during a two day event from Dec. 10-11 at the Stryker Center. According to a news release from the City of Williamsburg, the event helped provide gifts for 143 children from 63 families.

But where did all the toys come from?

The Williamsburg Police’s fifth annual Toy Drive, that’s where.

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In addition to donating toys, the drive also raised more than $3,100 in monetary donations. These funds were then used to buy gifts for teens.

“We cannot thank the community enough. Their willingness to give at a time like this, when so
many are struggling, is awe-inspiring,” Youth and Family Services Coordinator Lori Heflin said in a statement from a news release.

“We don’t count how many toys we collect each year, but I have no doubt we received more this
year. We are so thankful,” she added.

Any family in need of assistance in the Williamsburg area is encouraged to reach out to Human Services at 757-220-6161.

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