NEWBERRY COUNTY — The Eighth Circuit Solicitor’s Office partnered with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and the Laurens County DSS for a Christmas toy drive.
Altogether there was thousands of dollars worth of toys donated including over 25 bicycles.
Solicitor David Stumbo, along with the Newberry sheriff’s office and Laurens DSS distributed toys the week of Dec. 18 to families in need throughout Newberry, Laurens, Greenwood and Abbeville.
Beginning in August, Stumbo encouraged Pre-Trial Intervention and Alcohol Education Program participants to get credit toward their community service work hours with the purchase of toys for children in need at Christmas.
“Along with the school supply drive runs during the first half of each year, our angel tree toy drive gives Intervention Program participants a chance to give instead of taking,” said Stumbo. “It gives our participants a sense of contribution and accomplishment, and provides an avenue for them to be restored back to the community from their offenses.”
The Eighth Circuit Solicitor’s Intervention Programs are designed to give a second chance to first-time offenders of non-violent crimes. These programs consist of counseling, education, community service work, and other requirements specifically tailored to the participant and the offense.