NEWBERRY — The Newberry High School Booster Club is doing its part this holiday season to help those in need by partnering with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office’s Operation Santa Claus.
The toy drive will be held Dec. 9 at the Newberry Middle School Gymnasium and Dec. 10 at the Newberry High School Gymnasium. Those wanting to help out are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for children up to the age of 12 to the gate at the game, said Leah Blackmon, an officer in NHS booster club.
By bringing a gift to the drive, participants will receive a ticket for a free box of popcorn to enjoy during the game. Monday’s game at NMS will be against Saluda, while NHS will play against Spartanburg on Tuesday.
The toys collected at these games will be donated to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Department for distribution in their Operation Santa Claus program.
Sherri Scott with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Department said they’re happy to have the help of the NHS Booster Club. The department has held the Operation Santa Claus program for several years.
According to Scott, the names come from schools within the county and are given to them from people such as guidance counselors within the schools.
“They’re the ones that see kids throughout the year and have a pretty good idea of their home environments,” Scott said.
Scott also said local industries such as Caterpillar and McKechnie also put boxes in their lobby for toy donations. The toys will be donated Dec. 16.
“We’re trying to give back to the community,” Blackmon said. “We wanted to come up with a way athletes could give back to the community, instead of us asking them for their help.”
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