Dorchester Co. and Community Center Partner for Christmas Toy Drive

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – Dorchester County officials are teaming up to bring Christmas toys to children across the region.

From November 1 to December 17, the Community Resource Center and the Dorchester County Government will be teaming up for the first-ever Do More Christmas Toy Drive.

More than 200 collection boxes will be placed at county government buildings, fire stations, libraries and businesses for residents to drop off new, unboxed toys.

Community Resource Center founder Louis Smith said the collection boxes will be in as many places as possible throughout the county.

“The county gave us the building to house the toys as well as the day we need to pack them up,” Smith said. “So, it’s going to be a beautiful and joyous occasion; we all come together to put a smile on a child’s face.

Five years ago, the Community Resource Center launched the Christmas Toy Drive, offering 2,500 toys in 2021. Now that the Toy Drive will be partnered with the county, they hope to collect 5,000 toys this year.

Hunter Jackson works with the community by leading the “Friendly Downtown Summerville” Facebook group. Because of his involvement, Jackson met Smith and is now working to educate the toy drive community.

“It’s been absolutely outstanding,” Jackson said. “People who don’t have a penny to rub, wanting to make Christmas better for another kid. I’ll be honest, we’re a Jewish family and we’re stepping in. Everyone wants this to happen because the holidays are a special time of year for everyone.

Both Jackson and Smith shared the importance of collecting toys, especially after the pandemic and inflation made it harder to buy Christmas gifts.

“As the father of a son with special needs, we see that need firsthand,” Jackson said. “I don’t care if you make $100,000 a year. There are things that happen in life that you can’t afford certain things for. Thanks to this, we are able to ease this burden a little for mom and dad, making their Christmas a little better by making their little ones even more beautiful.

For more information or to register your child for Christmas gifts, please visit crcsummerville.com or call the Community Resource Center at 843-499-9498.

“The beautiful thing is that the whole region comes together to make things happen,” Smith said. “It’s communities working together.”

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