NORMAN — The Christmas toy drive sponsored by Tiffany’s Restaurant and the Noble Police Department is well under way.
“It’s going to put bright smiles on kids’ faces out there,” Gary Hicks, co-manager of Tiffany’s said.
Officer David Gazaway said last year the toy drive served about 20 families.
“We want to try to outdo what we did last year,” Sgt. Christopher Sevier said. “The first year, we helped families in the single digits. Every year it expands. That’s what we try to do — do better than the year before.”
Donnie Hicks, co-manager of Tiffany’s, echoed Sevier’s thought.
“I hope we can sponsor more kids this year. The more the better.”
And so they might.
Gary Hicks said he and his brother, Donnie have already turned in $1,000 in donations to the Noble Police department. Half of that amount was raised in the first 48 hours of announcing the campaign. Gary Hicks said they turned the donations into the police department last Saturday “to get them started so they don’t have to wait until the last minute to shop.”
Local businesses and community members have really stepped up to meet the challenge. Contributing sponsors include Wolf Ink and Toner, who, Gary Hicks said, “has been a big help without blinking an eye.” He said Vapor Stop also helped to get the ball rolling. Hicks said Bonnie and Anthony Salins have been very supportive of the effort as well. Local artist Ron Leatherwood donated a painting of a bald eagle that will be raffled off alongside a meal-a-week-for-a-year prize from Tiffany’s. Ten more winners will receive a free Tiffany’s T-shirt and five other recipients will win a single free meal. Raffle tickets are $1 and can be purchased at Tiffany’s. The drawings will take place and winners will be notified Dec. 16.