Sitting in the lobby of the Dougherty County Family and Children Services office Tuesday was a collection of toys that will be distributed as Christmas gifts to needy families. In all, several organizations and individuals contributed nearly $400 worth of toys, which will be distributed to a dozen area families the agency assists.
ALBANY, Ga. — About a dozen families in the Albany area receiving assistance through the Division of Family and Children Services are likely to have a better Christmas this year.
Over the course of several weeks, organizations including Deceased Daddies Daughters and Independent Harley Riders Association in Albany collected toy and cash donations to help provide Christmas gifts to children receiving help through DFCS.
DFCS is a division of the Georgia Department of Human Resources.
In all, there was $300-$400 worth of toys donated. The Independent Harley Riders Association, with a contingent of nine members, participated in a ride on Sunday that began at the Albany Civic Center.
“Children are our future,” said Paul Murray, one of the riders at the event. “There are a lot of toy drives in the area, and we did have competition that day, but we were glad to do it.”
On the same day, there was a group of motorcycle riders participating in an event to raise money for an area burn victim.
The ride, in addition to toy donations, generated $90 in cash donations for the families.
Cassandra Moye, founder of Deceased Daddies Daughters, said her group is hoping to make this effort an annual one.
“We wanted to help families in the community,” she said. “Today, this is all about love.
“My dad said that, as long as you have something to give, you need to give it.”
The toys will be distributed to the families later this week, officials from DFCS say.
The results of the toy drive were made public at a news conference Tuesday morning at the DFCS office on West Oglethorpe Boulevard. A similar presentation is expected to take place at 3 p.m. today at American Legion Post 512, located at 815 Willie Pitts Jr. Road.