Williston Comes Out For First Responders Toy Drive
The North Dakota Highway Patrol and Williston First Responders held their 3rd annual toy drive on Saturday. The community came together, to make Christmas a little better for people in the Williston area.
As the NDHP tallied everything up from efforts in Williston, Fargo, Bismarck, Jamestown and Mandan, nearly 3000 toys were collected statewide, and lots of food was collected as well.
Locally, the Williston Police Department, Williams County Sheriff's Department, Williston Fire & Ambulance, NDHP Williston District and Williams County Emergency Management stepped up for out local drive. Williston alone took in 940 toys and over $5000 dollars in cash donations!
Not only did Williston's finest come together for this annual drive, several businesses stepped up to lend a hand. Williston Auto made sure several well known characters were on hand to add to the festivities. The Grinch, Santa, some elves and more made the day even better. The pickups used to collect the items also came from Williston Auto. Walmart is always ready to lend it's parking lot for this big undertaking.
Townsquare Media was on hand for a live broadcast from 11:00am - 1:00pm raising awareness of the event, and encouraging listeners to be a part of this great community event. It was a huge success, and kids and families throughout North Dakota will have a much better holiday thanks to all the generous donations in Williston, and throughout North Dakota. Donations will stay local to support Christmas for Kids, The giving Tree Program, The Salvation Army and the Gloria Dei Food Pantry.