Over 130 children in Echols County had a Merry Christmas this year because of the generosity of John and Peggy Gates and the Toys for Tots program. John Gates is the authorized coordinator for the Valdosta Area Toys for Tots program which serves nine counties. Echols County Student Council members and their advisor, Candace Grant, recently spent a day helping sort and box toys at the Toys for Tots warehouse in Valdosta as one of their community service projects. Student Council members helped to sort toys by gender and age appropriateness. After sorting all the toys, they then worked on pulling toy orders for over 10,000 children in the nine-county area served by the Valdosta Toys for Tots program. Echols County bus driver, Paul Hebert, supervised students and worked with Student Council members who had been assigned the job of putting bicycles together. Echols County Student Council members who volunteered were Elizabeth Register, Sara Davis, Victoria Sowell, Maribel Trejo, Kelsey Rowe, Rob Permenter, Paden King, Jake Adams, Kyle Herring, Ciera Staten, Brooke Highsmith, Dolly Melton, Chance Maine, Elizabeth Young, Lorrie Wicks, Cip Lee, Kevin Simpson, Glennie Wicks, Kaitlyn Permenter, Isadora Luviano, and Adriana Navarette.
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