Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith requests the assistance of the citizens of Putnam County in supporting the Putnam Community Action Program Annual Toy Drive, which is currently underway. As in the past, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Cadets are assisting with the collection of donated toys and other gifts for needy children in Putnam County.
The Cadets help collect and sort donated items for delivery to underprivileged children and youths throughout Putnam County during the Christmas and Hanukah holidays. Last year, through the generosity of donors and the efforts of the Cadets and other volunteers and cooperating agencies, over 2,000 toys and gifts were distributed to about 800 children, giving them a brighter and happier holiday season.
The program is seeking donations of new, unwrapped toys or gifts for children between the ages of newborn and 18 years of age. Donors are invited to drop off items at the Sheriff’s Office headquarters located off Fair Street in Carmel, at the Town of Kent Police Department, located on Route 52 in Kent, at the Community Action Program Headquarters located at 121 Main Street in Brewster, or at any of the number of banks and businesses participating in the Toys-for-Tots Program sponsored by the Marine Corps League. Donations should be dropped off as soon as possible, but preferably not later than Friday, December 14, 2012 to insure delivery to the children in time for the holidays.
Ms. Judy Callahan, the Director of the Community Action Program (“CAP”), has reported that the weakened economy and unemployment situation has created an increased need among many families in the county. CAP officials and volunteers are hopeful that the generosity of Putnam County citizens will enable CAP to achieve its goal of providing three gifts for each eligible youngster aided by the program. Ms. Callahan expressed special concern for children in the 12 to 18 year-old category and suggested that donors consider giving gift cards from stores such as Best Buy, Old Navy and Kohl’s for the holiday program.
Speaking on behalf of the Sheriff’s Cadets Program, Sheriff Smith expressed his gratitude to citizens for their compassion, humanity and generosity displayed in past years’ toy drives and asked for their continued support in this year’s program.
For more information on the annual toy drive, please check the Putnam Community Action website at www.putnamcap.org  or telephone Ms. Judy Callahan at 845-278-8021 extension 17. The website contains information on the types of gifts that are most needed in order to meet the needs of Putnam County’s children. Tax deductible monetary donations are also welcome and may be made via the website or by check made out to “Putnam Community Action Program/WestCOP”, which will allow the Community Action Program staff to purchase needed toys for Putnam’s children.