By the time the register reached the single-purchase limit they were at $3,409.
Following a dash to reach the limit, the tale of tape showed $3,560.22 was spent to help children in the Enfield and Hollister areas have a better Christmas this year.
The $3,552 was the Halifax County Deputy Toy Drive’s share of auction proceeds this summer from a 2017 Civic R Type at Honda of Roanoke Rapids.
“They did a pretty good job,” said dealership General Manager Michael Sterzer of the deputies and Honda employees who went on the Walmart shopping spree this afternoon.
The toy drive received an extra bonus from two out-of-town shoppers who were so impressed by the effort they bought two bicycles to add to the items, Chief Deputy Scott Hall of the sheriff’s office said.
(The next effort in the Deputy Toy Drive is a 48-hour shopping marathon on November 30 in which the public is encouraged to participate by purchasing new toys for girls or boys aged 6-12. The event, sponsored by First Media Radio and White Motors, will be held at Walmart, where the sheriff’s office will have a trailer set up for the toy donations. There will also be sheriff’s office, fire and EMS vehicles on display for the children’s enjoyment, the Sheriff Wes Tripp said. The event starts at 6 p.m. November 30 and ends at 6 p.m. December 2. All the radio stations will be broadcasting simultaneously and there will be representatives from the sheriff’s office and White’s at the drive)
At Walmart, the deputies and Honda employees bought toys for boys and girls ages 6 through 12, Tripp said.
The Enfield Lions Club will distribute the toys destined for Enfield while Hollister REACH will be responsible for the items there.
The third toy drive under Tripp’s watch, the first two saw toys delivered in Hobgood and Scotland Neck. “Eventually we’ll make a complete loop around the county,” the sheriff said.
The toy drive is part of the sheriff’s Benefitting the Children of Halifax County program. “This is my way of giving back.”
For Stephanie Shotwell of Honda, the shopping spree was worth the time. “I think it’s great. There’s a lot of kids in the community it will help.”
Jill Carter, also a Honda employee, expressed similar sentiments. “I think it’s a great way to help the children. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Vincent Mollicone of Honda said, “It’s a good thing to do to make sure the kids are happy.”
Eight people did the shopping and the goal was to fill each cart with $418 worth of toys.
Corporal Phillip Moyer of the sheriff’s office sought toys for boys.
Moyer said the shopping spree was a good release from what can be a stressful job. “You get to shop for the kids and do something for the community. It’s about helping the kids know we’re not just out there to lock up the bad guys.”
Sterzer watched as the shopping carts began filling up. “I’m happy we could be a part of this. It allows us to give back to the community and help the sheriff.”
Stacy Richardson of Honda was pleased. “I feel real good. Maybe it will help somebody out.”
Deputy Casey Sherrod was the first to fill his shopping cart. “A lot of kids are going to get a lot of toys,” he said. “I got everything I would have wanted when I was a kid.”