Constables gift kids with toys

Smiling, wide-eyed children wandered through the shelter at Community Park Tuesday, marveling at the colorful toys and games piled high on the picnic tables and choosing those they wanted to take home.

There was also a roaring fire in the fireplace and hot chocolate and cookies to warm them.

County constables and members of the county attorney’s child support enforcement staff were there that afternoon to spread a little Christmas cheer to underprivileged children.

Each child was allowed to choose three toys or games, and at the end of the day, said Constable Jerry Edwards Jr., there was enough left over that he and the other constables were going to take them to Yorktowne Mobile Home Estates to distribute the rest to kids there.

Children had to be residents of Clark County, but any in need could show up with their parents and receive toys, no questions asked.

The constables and the county attorney’s employees partnered with Rural King to buy the toys and collect those others bought, to give to the kids.

Lady Veterans Connect donated 15 boxes of toys.

Constable Lynn Toler said the group had “overwhelming support” this year from Clark Countians.

“It’s a blessing to see the love that others have for children in our community,” he said.

This is the second year for the toy drive, and Toler said he and the other constables “look forward now each Christmas season” to making “a small difference” in the kids’ holiday.

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Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at randy.patrick@bluegrassnewsmedia.com.

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