Watershed safely gets toys to kids amid COVID-19 pandemic

Two hundred people signed up for the toy drive, but over 500 toys were donated this year.

The Watershed Human & Community Development Agency did their annual toy drive with a curbside pickup this year. With over 500 toys donated throughout the year, about 200 people signed up to receive gifts.

Fred Hokes is the director for the employment services for the agency. He says they’ve been doing the Christmas toy drive for over 40 years. This is the first time they’ve done curbside.

“It’s been very different, we have drive up assistance now because we don’t allow anybody in the building. That’s what you see forming now, the line forming,” Hokes said.

Parents and adults came through the parking lot’s drive-thru. Stephanie Harris is appreciative of the agency providing free gifts.

“I’m not as frustrated. There’s a lot of people trying to help parents that don’t have the funds. Some parents have to buy multiple gifts for a lot of children,” Harris said.

And employees and volunteers were dressed as elves to help the flow of traffic, grabbing gifts for the parents. Dewonna Reeves has been working with the agency for a while.

“I’ve been doing this for eight years,” Reeves said. “My mom has brought me down here when I was growing up, and it feels good to be able to help the community the way the community help me out.”