Serving the Loup Valley for 140 Years

Sheriff’s Department Helps

Santa With Toy Drive

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Help Sheriff Casey and his team "Stuff the Truck" with toys and gifts for struggling families in Valley County. Pictured (l-r): Ann Hurlburt, Rene Scheideler, Justina Young, Ashley Eley and Sheriff Casey Hurlburt.

By Kate Wolf

   Sheriff Casey Hurlburt and his dedicated team take a very personal interest in all of the residents of Valley County, regardless of whether they live in Ord and other towns across the area or in remote rural locations. They are here to protect and serve us all. That service extends to encompass the holiday gift giving season and their desire to ensure that all area children can experience the joy of Christmas, even in these harsh economic times, as many families struggle just to make ends meet.

   This year marks the third annual Sheriff’s “Stuff the Truck” Toy Drive and free-will soup luncheon fundraiser. The event is scheduled for noon on Sat., Dec. 3, at the North Loup Community Hall during the Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration sponsored by North Loup Pride and the Lions Club.

   “We just want to give back to the communities that give so much to us,” remarked Sheriff’s Office Administrator Ashley Eley. “We want to be able to do this every year.”

   Last year the Toy Drive was able to give 155 toys and gifts, as well as seven Christmas dinners and 18 turkeys to local families who may otherwise have had none. It’s important to note all donations to the Sheriff’s “Stuff the Truck” Toy Drive and the free-will donations collected during the soup luncheon are distributed right here in Valley County.

   The Forged in Faith Ministry in Arcadia has also provided valuable assistance in collecting toys and monetary donations to help in this effort.

   New, unwrapped toys and gifts can be dropped off inside the North Loup Community Hall on Dec.3 beginning around 10:00 a.m. during the annual Wreath Workshop and continuing throughout the day as a full schedule of activities is planned for the village Christmas celebration.

   Anyone who knows of a struggling family, or children whose family might need a little extra help with Christmas this year, can contact the Valley County Sheriff’s Office at 308-728-3906 to get their names on the list. Names, ages and gender of the child or children are needed so gifts can be distributed appropriately after they are wrapped. The list is confidential.

   If you want to do something that really makes a difference this holiday season, consider donating a few toys to the Sheriff’s “Stuff the Truck” Toy Drive and bring your family to the free-will soup luncheon. Be an example to your children about the spirit of giving. Your donation can help make this holiday brighter for local children who otherwise may not enjoy much of a Christmas this year. The smiles on their little faces on Christmas morning will be priceless.

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