Once again, the Barry County Sheriff's Department is accepting donations for its annual Angel Tree campaign to benefit children of Barry County during the holiday season.
Names of children in need in Barry County will be placed on a Christmas tree at the Barry County Sheriff's Department in Cassville. Local businesses, civic groups or individuals wishing to adopt a child or an entire family may stop by the office and either get the necessary information or donate money for the drive.
Guidelines for gifts will be given when the name of a child or a family is chosen from the tree. All gifts need to be returned to the Barry County Sheriff's Department no later than Dec. 15 for distribution before the Christmas holiday.
Toys and monetary donations will also be accepted and used toward the Angel Tree effort. Most children involved in the program range from newborn to 12 years in age.
"Last year, with the generous gifts and donations from businesses and members of the community, we were able to provide over 300 gifts to 95 children," said Sheriff Mick Epperly. "I am sure we will have as many children this year, if not more. We have already received over 60 names of boys and girls."
In addition, the Sheriff's Department will hold a drawing for a hand-crafted cedar chest, donated by Officer Carl Cosper. Tickets are available at the Barry County Sheriff's Department for $1 each.
For more information or to participate in this year's effort, stop by the Barry County Sheriff's Department, located at 505 East St. in Cassville, during regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call 847-6556.