Project 25 Underway at the Bay County Sheriff's Office

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - For more than three decades the Bay County Sheriff's Office has helped parents all over Bay County make their kid's Christmas wishes come true. It's called Project 25 - an initiative to gather toys for underprivileged children.
 
Christmas morning is a magical and exciting time for many kids as they run to see what Santa brought them under the tree.
 
"It's just amazing, what, when you stop and think and you look at your tree and how full it is, that your kids have a lot and there's some kids that have nothing," said Becky Johns, Project 25 Coordinator.
 
So for 36 years Sheriff's Deputies have been giving Santa an extra hand around Bay County with the help of Project 25.
 
"Without the generosity of the citizens of Bay County, there would have been a lot of children without over the years," said Johns.
 
The Sheriff's Office collects toys and money that go directly under the trees of less-fortunate families.
 
"It's people helping people. That's all it is," said Johns.
 
This year the Sheriff's Office is is a bit behind.
 
"Well right now we're probably, versus last year, we're probably about $20,000 down," said Johns.
 
To make sure they can help as many families as possible, next week the Sheriff's Office is hosting a $10 Tuesday.
 
"You can either bring a new toy, unwrapped toy, for $10 in value, doesn't have to be that much or $10. Come up from we'll get it from you. If you call us, I'll come out and get it. You don't even have to get out of your car," said Johns.
 
On December 13th, the deputies take all the money they've raised to the Walmart in Callaway for a shopping spree.
 
Even though they are down compared to last year, they are confident that the community will come through for the kids of Bay County.
 
"I get a little antsy when we get this close and we haven't met a goal, but we will. We will," said Johns.
 
If you can't make it to $10 Tuesday, you can bring an unwrapped gift or monetary donation to the Sheriff's Office main location on Highway 77 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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