Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services will host the 2nd Stuff A Squad donation drive on Saturday, December 7th, in Holly Springs.
The event, set from 2PM to 6PM at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center, will benefit Cherokee-County-based Goshen Valley Boys Ranch. Residents/Attendees are asked to drop off gift donations to help fill the interior of an ambulance (squad). The event will take place inside and will go on rain or shine. There will be a hot chocolate bar, crafts, games, fire apparatus on display and of course a visit from Santa.
Unwrapped gifts for boys age 10-18 and monetary donations are appreciated for admission to the event. For those who are unable to attend the event, arrangements can be made to pick up/drop off at several donation host sites throughout Cherokee County or sent directly to the ranch. All gift donations will be dropped off at the event and added to the squad.
According to Leslie Sullivan, wife of Sgt. Nate Sullivan, “I visited Goshen Valley's Canton office last year as part of a community program I was involved in. After learning more about the organization, I became very interested in finding ways I could do more to help their cause. Last year’s event was an overwhelming success. I couldn’t be any prouder to live and work with the people of this community. The folks at Goshen have told me more than once, that their participation made Christmas happen for these boys. These kids are just like your child or mine. They have the same wishes as any other young man their age. The difference is they have been removed from everything familiar. A speaker recently asked a group I was in to imagine your own child being told by a complete stranger, to quickly gather their clothes and necessities into a garbage bag because they are removing them from the home and taking them to an unfamiliar place where they won’t be able to see or contact their family on a daily basis. While the outsider would see that this is done in the best interest of the child, that child’s world has been flipped upside down.”
A personalized wish list has been made by the 42 boys living on the ranch using Amazon. This can be found at www.goshenwishlist.org then selecting “Christmas List for Goshen Valley Boys Ranch”.
Some of the items that the organization is requesting include new, unwrapped clothes, shoes, socks, underwear, Nerf guns, RC cars, earbuds, speakers, instruments, music equipment, bikes, TVs, video games, skateboards, televisions, tablets, lava lamps, diffusers, essentials oils, music players, soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, baseballs, baseball bats, baseball gloves, art sets, oil pastels, shading pencils, sketch pads, adult coloring books and colored marker/pen sets.
The Goshen Valley Foundation, which runs the Boys Ranch, provides a home for young boys who are in the foster care system. The Cherokee County Fire Training Center is located at 3985 Holly Springs Parkway.
For additional information, contact Leslie Sullivan at Lsullivan0512@gmail.com.