Instead of handing out tickets on Sunday, the Dickson County Sheriff’s Department was on toy patrol.
With the help of the community, more than 200 children from the Dickson County School system received holiday gifts. Those gifts ranged from bikes, electronics, toys, coats, hats, mittens and shoes.
More than 30 volunteers helped sort, organize and coordinate all the gifts.
This year’s event was the largest in the toy drive’s four-year history. The annual event was initially started by Sgt. Daniel Baker who was killed in the line-of-duty earlier this year.
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“This year has been the largest [toy drive]. It’s grown each year,” Deputy Dustin Evans said. “I think a lot has to do with the opening up to all of our elementary schools and grade levels, and also we’re honoring Sgt. Daniel Baker this year.”
Sgt. Baker’s wife, Lisa, was unable to attend Sunday’s event. She released a statement that read, “I would like to say how very sad I am that I was unable to make it today. I wanted to be there to see the happiness shared when honoring our hero. But in light of my father’s passing, I was unable to attend.”
The statement continued, “I would like to personally thank everyone involved in making this year’s Toy Patrol a success. My husband, Sgt. Daniel Baker, was a very caring individual with an enormous heart. I knew he would be proud to know that we had so many items to give. May God bless each gift and the giver. Merry Christmas.”
In addition to several deputies, Santa and Mrs. Claus and Titans’ mascot, T-Rac helped hand out gifts.