JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman said Monday at one point they did not think it would be possible to have their toy drive due to time and a lack of donations.
But thanks to the generosity of the people of Jackson, the Crawley Law Firm and Hal and Mal's they were able to help needy children.
A benefit concert was held Monday night to raise money and toys. Toys and five dollar donations were taken at the door.
Supporters say they realize local charities are stretched to the limit and this was a way to spread some Christmas cheer.
"We even had one of our deputy chiefs who pegged the phrase stop a cop. What he did, he encouraged people to go out and buy a toy and when they see a police car, to stop that police car, give that toy to the police officer and they would in turn make it apart of this toy drive," says Police Chief Coleman.
"We kind of fell short but this should tonight should put us where we need to be to help families smile on Christmas morning," Deputy Chief Tyrone Lewis.
Organizers say they had an overwhelming response from local musicians who donated their time for the concert.