Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services will be holding its second annual Stuff a Squad donation drive on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Scheduled to run from 2-6 p.m. at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center, 3985 Holly Springs Parkway in Holly Springs, the event will benefit the Cherokee County-based Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, which provides a home for boys who are in the foster care system. Held inside the training center building and slated to go on, rain or shine, attendees are asked to drop off gift donations to help fill the interior of an ambulance. During the event, there will be a hot chocolate bar, crafts, games, a display of fire apparatus and a visit from Santa himself.
Either unwrapped gifts for boys ages 10 to 18 or a monetary donation are appreciated for admission to the event. For those who wish to donate to the cause but are unable to attend, arrangements can be made to drop donations off at several host sites throughout the county. All gift donations collected at these host sites will be dropped off at the event and added to the squad.
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 the organization is requesting include new and unwrapped clothes, shoes, socks, underwear, Nerf guns, RC cars, earbuds, speakers, instruments and music equipment, bikes, televisions, video games, skateboards, tablets, lava lamps, diffusers, essential 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.
Leslie Sullivan, the wife of CFES Sgt. Nate Sullivan and who has been instrumental in spearheading this campaign, said the idea came to her after visiting the Canton office of Goshen Valley in 2018 as part of a community program and deciding she wanted to do more to help their cause.
“Last year’s event was an overwhelming success,” Sullivan said. “I couldn’t be any more proud to live and work with the people of this community. The folks at Goshen have told me more than once that (the community’s) 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.”
For more information about the Stuff a Squad event, contact Leslie Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.