The department has run a program called Toy Chest for more than five years, but the need is still growing.
To support the program, the Orange County Public Library organizes its “Food and Toys for Fines” holiday drive, in which library card holders can deduct or erase their library fines through donations, each year.
The drive started Monday and will go through Dec. 12.
A large amount of library fines get erased this way, said Lucinda Munger, director of the Orange County Public Library.
“It’s a nice way for people to pay down their fines by giving back to the community,” she said.
There are more than 7,000 children in Orange County living in low-income households, Munger said.
The Department of Social Services has organized holiday programs providing gifts to low-income families for more than 20 years. Before the program, social workers could only provide gifts for a few families, said Sharron Hinton, community resources manager for the department.
To help more families, DSS started to partner with the Toys for Tots Foundation and has served as the coordinator for Orange County, said Hinton.