Whataburger presented the Jim Wells County Juvenile Probation Office with a $20,000 check Friday.

The money was used for the department's Christmas Toy Drive.

This year, the department was able to provide two students from every JWC school with gifts, said Chief Probation Officer Jimmy Schmidt. The department was also able to sponsor additional students who were not chosen through the school districts. 

According to Schmidt, thanks to the generosity of the community and Whataburger donation the department was able to supply children with gifts they really wanted, not just any toy.

For Schmidt and his staff when they speak with the children about what they truly would like for Christmas their answers surprised and humbled them. Some children asked for gifts such as heaters, blankets and jackets.

For the fourth year in a roll, Whataburger has stepped up to help the probation office. Whataburger employees with the assistance of their customers raise the money and the corporation adds to the total amount.

Whataburger is a Texas franchise that specializes in burgers. In Jim Wells County, there are two fast food restaurants which stay open 24 hours a day, attracting many people of all ages for late night meals.

Schmidt presented Rosanna Mendiola, Whataburger Area Supervisor, and her colleagues with a plaque as a token of their appreciation.