Toys for Tots Drive

The Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting its annual charity "Toys for Tots" Christmas production.

One hundred and fifty children involved with after school programs will take to the stage Thursday night to showcase the sights and sounds of the season with skits and music that they wrote themselves. The kids involved say this annual production is just one of the perks of after-school care.

"It's really fun and you like get to do a lot of stuff you won't usually do in a regular school so it's good to be in an after school program," says Tyler Autry.

The show begins 6 p.m. in the Mathis Auditorium. All you have to bring for admission is a new unwrapped toy which will be donated to local charities. Event organizers say they're always impressed by the children's desire to help those in need.

"Kids as they come of age shift from receivers to givers and I think a lot are excited to know they're doing something exciting for the community and they're sharing time and talents and doing special for those who need it," says Matthias Burch.

Organizers also say the production helps to bring children out of their shell and build confidence as well. They say this show is for the young and the young at heart, so while these sugarplum fairies dance with delight, they hope to see a large crowd come Thursday night.

The Valdosta-Lowndes Parks and Recreation Department is also preparing for winter camp next week. They will provide extended care for children over the holiday break.