WAYNE COUNTY—Officers in the county Sheriff's Department will be out and about next Friday for their Third Annual “Cram the Cruiser” Christmas toy drive.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 24, Wayne County Sheriff's cruisers will be parked at CVS, Wal-Mart and K-Mart ready to be crammed full of toy donations from generous Black Friday shoppers.

“The public's invited to throw as many toys in there as they can,” explained Sheriff Mark Steelman at the Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday morning.

Joining members of the Sheriff's Department at the drive will be Santa Clause, one of his elves and a trusty reindeer, explained Steelman.

“All the toys stay here locally … turned over to the Wayne County Children's Christmas Bureau/Jaycees Organization,” said the Sheriff.

Steelman explained last year's haul brought in almost 30 full 55-gallon bags with some overflow of bikes and other larger gifts which couldn't fit inside the bags.

In its inaugural year, Cram the Cruiser was able to deliver toys to 136 families, bringing smiles to the faces of 289 children.

The Sheriff hopes to do better this year with the addition of a third location.

Those wishing to donate to the toy drive are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the three above-mentioned locations.

Toys should be suitable for newborn children and those up to 16 years old.

Donations are also being received at the Wayne County Courthouse, 925 Court Street, Honesdale, prior to the drive proper next Friday.

Those out and about next weekend looking to score great Black Friday gift deals are invited to cram a toy in a county cruiser and spread Christmas joy to those in need.