“Toys for Kids” Santa Train rolls through Rhea County

Over 1,200 Children expected to receive gifts from Sheriff Mike Neal's Toys for Kids program


Sheriff Mike Neal’s “Toys for Kids” program is expected to exceed goals by delivering presents to over 1,200 children, a feat the sheriff never imagined possible when he started the program back in 2002.

“We’ve had a lot bigger outpouring from the community and a lot more support,” says Sheriff Neal.  “…that’s benefiting the amount of families we’re gonna be able to get the toys for.”

“I’ve been sheriff for 16 years and we’ve never had this much community support for our Toys for Kids,” states Neal.

But the Santa Train wouldn’t be complete without Dayton’s National Guard Armory who has participated in the program for eight years.  The Guard’s effort is led by Staff Sergeant Joseph Craig and his team who help Santa hand-deliver toys in a military-grade humvee.

If you’re looking to donate to the program, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 423-775-7837, or if you would like to fill out an application for a child in your life, please visit the sheriff’s office in person.

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