BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. - Santa Claus made a surprise visit to Butts County Thursday delivering thousands of toys a little early. The sheriff's office has done this for the past four years ago, and Santa told FOX 5 News he wouldn't miss it for the world.
"In Butts County, you have a lot of good people who contribute a lot of things to make sure we all have a really nice Christmas," Santa said.
But Kelsha and Markhia didn't quite know exactly what Santa Claus meant by that. They didn't realize behind the curtain was thousands of toys and two red bags with their names on it. But the surprises were yet over. Sheriff Gary Long told the girls there was one more surprise waiting on them outside. Kelsha couldn't even catch of breath
Outside were two bikes for the girls, something they've never had.
Their grandmother couldn't hold back the tears.
"I just appreciate him. I had no money. I appreciate him," she said.
This is something Sheriff Long has done since taking office in 2013. It started with the idea of helping two families, which turned into 40 and it continues to grow. This year they provided gifts for 800 kids.
"Most of these kids would not get Christmas. Some have never had a Christmas. It's just the right thing to do," the sheriff said.
Parents, all smiles, leaving with trucks loaded down with bikes and bags of toys. They even got sent home with food, and gift certificates so they can have a good Christmas dinner. It's a day the kids won't forget.
Believe it or not this room Wednesday was so full, people couldn't walk through the gifts. Again, all of this is made possible by people in the community, sending donations and brings toys. In all, $75,000 worth of toys were given away.