Due to the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Workplace, greater than 100 native kids can have a greater Christmas after participating within the annual Store with a Deputy occasion Saturday morning on the College City Centre Walmart.
This yr, 116 children have been signed up for the annual occasion, topping final yr’s variety of 75.
Almost 20 present and former deputies, detectives and sheriff’s workplace employees volunteered to group up with the youngsters and assist them select their excellent Christmas presents, in addition to maintain observe of their spending.
“It’s one thing we’ve been doing for 20-plus years. It’s actually a give-back to the neighborhood,” Monongalia County Sheriff Perry Palmer advised The Dominion Submit.
“It allows numerous children that in any other case wouldn’t have Christmas apart from this,” he mentioned. “They’ll come and store with a police officer or anyone from the division that they get to know a little bit bit and discover out the nice facet of legislation enforcement.”
The sheriff’s workplace is ready to fund the annual occasion primarily by way of donations to the Monongalia County Deputy Sheriff’s Affiliation from neighborhood members and native companies.
This yr, the division was capable of buy $150 in presents for every of the youngsters who participated, because of the neighborhood’s generosity.
The sheriff mentioned that it’s actually the companies and neighborhood members that donate to the trigger that enables them to proceed the occasion every year.
“I believe this county that we now have right here is de facto community-oriented and so they actually give again to us and we give again to them,” Palmer mentioned.
On the registers, proof of profitable purchasing may very well be seen on the youngsters’s faces and of their carts full of every little thing from garments to toys and video video games to fishing poles. Just a few children even rode out with brand-new bicycles.
Palmer mentioned the expertise is as rewarding for deputies as it’s for the youngsters as a result of “numerous instances a police officer doesn’t have time on a name to actually discuss to the youngsters, so it is a good alternative for them to get to know them a little bit bit higher and perhaps even make a bond that little one gained’t overlook or years down the highway keep in mind.”