La Plata, MD— The Charles County Detention Center Staff held their 13th annual toy drive event Dec.5 at the Charles County Detention Center. The staff collects toys at the detention center and now have branched out to North Point High School.

“Every year we continue to grow a little bigger and better,” said Jonathan Palmer who is a sergeant at the Charles County Detention Center, and also the president of the Charles County Detention Center Association.

Every year around November the Charles County Detention Center organizes a toy drive to benefit the Children’s Aid Society. Typically a group of supporters will go to Target in La Plata with any donations that were raised to buy more toys.

“We work in a tough environment, and having the opportunity to do something meaningful for so many local kids who deserve it feels great,” said Cfc. Al Davis, who helps coordinate the effort.

Representaves from the Children’s Aid Society pick up the toys and use them for their Christmas connection program, which benefits children in Charles County.

“I am excited about this program. I have a lot of passion for this event. This is a great opportunity for our organization to reach out and get involved in the community,” said Palmer.

Supporters of the Children’s Aid Society were so thrilled to see the incredible results of this year’s toy drive. Earl Knapp who is on the Board of Directors of Children’s Aid Society stated, “This is my 18th year doing this, I get so much out of this event.”

This year the Charles County Detention Center was about to raise more than $2,000 in monetary donations to purchase new toys for children of all ages.

In closing, Knapp told, “a hug a day makes this whole event worthwhile.”

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