Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Hoffman is pleased to announce the sheriff’s office is hosting its 7th Annual Holiday Toy Drive benefiting the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida’s Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program and two additional partner organizations.

Launched in 2017 when the agency moved into its new headquarters, the toy drive has become a holiday project the agency and Sarasota County citizens look forward to every year.

In Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties, there are currently more than 1,000 children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, and as such, are part of the GAL program. Teens enrolled in Teen Court are supported by the organization’s mission to create a second chance for at-risk youth, helping them make positive choices through meaningful consequences, peer mentorship, and civic engagement. Finally, All Star Children’s Foundation exists to provide children in foster care with a secure environment where they feel valued, safe, and empowered.

All three organizations provide for children ranging in age from newborn to 18. The sheriff’s office focuses the initiative solely on toys and gift cards. The agency requests that citizens not donate clothing or stuffed animals and ensure that all donations are new and unwrapped. The collection period begins Friday, December 1, and continues through Wednesday, December 13. Citizens can deliver gifts to the agency’s headquarters at 6010 Cattleridge Boulevard, Sarasota, every day between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Again, this year, SCSO thanks the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Public Safety Department for generously donating a holiday tree to serve as the toy drive’s collection site.

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Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc.
All Star Children’s Foundation