6Kershaw-Ryan State park hosted its 6th annual Winter Wonderland and To Drive. Visitors were treated to the sights and sounds of the holidays as Kershaw-Ryan was transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with Santa’s village and the arrival of Santa himself. As always, the complimentary hot chocolate and Dutch oven cobbler were in great demand that night.

This year toys were donated by visitors and the Toys for Tots Foundation. Around 150 people were in attendance for the event and over 250 toys were collected for the families in our community that need them. Kershaw-Ryan’s park supervisor Andrew Porter helped coordinate the event. “Our event on Saturday the thirteenth, was a great success! With the storm clearing up, we had great weather, and a very good turn out from the community.”
The holiday season always brings out the biggest hearts in our small community. Foundations like Toys for Tots, Tip-A-Cop/Shop-With-A-Cop, and donations from community churches, the Masonic Lodge and others, help give children who would otherwise go without, a very special Christmas and relieve parents who want nothing more than to make their children happy, of an enormous weight.

Porter thanked the many volunteers who assisted with the event. “Very special thanks to Richard Hoery of the Toys For Tots Foundation, Dutch oven chef Cody Tingey for his help, Dawn Andone for her assistance, the Caliente Youth Center work crew for setting up Christmas lights and decorations, and to volunteers, Eli Jobe and Darby Porter, for their much needed assistance. Thank you to everyone who donated a toy, your contribution will help a family this holiday season”.

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from a donation of toys please call 775-726-3564 for more information.