Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is pleased to announce the agency's sixth annual holiday toy drive results.
From December 1 through December 14, employees, local businesses, and citizens brought toys and gift cards to the agency’s headquarters to benefit children enrolled in the 12th Judicial Circuit’s Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) program and our two new community partners Teen Court and All-Star Children’s Foundation. Gifts were selected for children ranging from newborn to 18 years old who reside in Sarasota, Manatee, or Desoto counties. The agency collected 2,468 gifts this year, including $12,055 in gift cards. On Thursday, Teen Court and All-Star Children’s Foundation sent representatives to gather the gifts needed for the children they serve. On Friday, sheriff’s office personnel made the official delivery to the GAL offices. Over the next several days, guardians will select individual gifts for children in their care.
“It is always a highlight of the holiday season to collect and deliver thousands of gifts for deserving children in need,” said Sheriff Hoffman. “We are overwhelmed yearly by the generosity of our employees and the entire Sarasota community.”
Significant contributions from US Health Advisors GP Region and Moss Construction supported this year’s initiative. Special thanks to the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Public Safety Department and Sam’s Club Cattlemen for their support.