COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla. – Over the past week the Comanche County Sheriff's Office has been inundated with the phone calls of people who need help during the holiday season.
Every year the sheriff's department collects names of needy families. Then, with the help of local bikers, they collect toys for those families, but this year, just a few days into the process, there are already 100 names. Disappointing news for those in the city of Lawton, as Sheriff Ken Stradley says that list already is full, but Comanche County overall is still accepting names.
The sheriff's "little elves" are busy these days, organizing toys for families to give to their youngsters this holiday season.
"We're just trying to make sure every kid gets something," said Stradley.
Whether it is toys for the girls or toys for the boys the sheriff's office has items that are sure to please.
"We've got toys for younger kids, but when we get up to 12, 13, 14 years old we don't have very many of those," said Stradley.
That is where anyone can help.
"This is everybody's deal," said Stradley, "this is not just the sheriff's department, this is just the deal of helping other people, and that's what we like to do."
This year, there are more to help.
"Of course, if we get some more stuff we can branch out a little further, but we're probably going to be close to about 150 families this year."
Stradley is not just talking about toys. He will soon don his Santa suit to hand out food baskets.
"It's Christmas time, step forward and help other people. It feels good."
If you live in a rural area of Comanche County and you or your family need help this holiday season, you can still call into the office. All you need to do is give them your name, address, phone number, the number of children you have, and their ages. The sheriff and his helpers will take care of the rest.
The sheriff is still looking for more gifts for tweens and teens so if you can help, give him a call. You can also help an entire family by donating food. Give the sheriff a call at (580) 353-4280.