Hattiesburg retailer hosts 7th annual toy giveaway

Hattiesburg retailer hosts 7th annual toy giveaway

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg-based retailer provided some early Christmas joy for dozens of families in the Hub City area Saturday morning.

Dirt Cheap and Treasure Hunt partnered with Hattiesburg Police and the Forrest County Sheriff's Department to host an annual toy giveaway.

It took place at the Danny Hinton Community Center in Palmer's Crossing.

Organizers said about 10,000 toys worth about $150,000 were given away.

And it was all done to show appreciation for the Hattiesburg community.

"A ton of our corporate office comes out every year and helps out," said Carlie Bounds, director of marketing for Channel Control Merchants, LLC. "We love to go through (the line) with all the kids and help them pick out toys."

"We're overjoyed right now," said Lt. Allen Murray of the Hattiesburg Police Department. "We come out, we're serving for Christmas, we're giving back to the community. It's about giving."

"It helps out a lot and not even just for our kids, but for the kids and the families who don't have people to go get it for them," said Kiddada Peavy of Petal, one of the people who got free toys.

This was the seventh year for the toy giveaway.