Hundreds of Pitt County kids will have a Merry Christmas this year, thanks in part to "Operation Santa Claus."
Friday morning the Salvation Army collected Pitt County's "Operation Santa Claus" toys from the Greenville-Fire Rescue training grounds on 10th street. Fire-rescue, along with police, the State Highway Patrol, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, Greenville Utilities Commission, ECU, Pitt County Schools and the Longhorn Steakhouse collected toys for the program.
Organizers say they toys will be distributed to the Greenville Salvation Army's Angel Tree children, along with foster children and those with special needs. They say for many, Christmas wouldn't be possible without the toys.
Donald Hardee with Greenville-Fire Rescue says, "We were able to assist the Salvation Army in helping 1,400 applicants. We also helped 129 children with DSS foster care division, and 29 children at RRHA's Howell Center, which are special needs children."
Hardee says it's not too late to donate a toy. He says you can drop them off at any Greenville Fire-Rescue station or the Salvation Army.