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Sheriff’s Department, volunteers brighten Christmas for Fort Campbell children

 

Santa with his helper Julie WrightChristmas became a lot brighter today for 235 children including many at Fort Campbell. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, working as “Santa’s Little Helpers”, in cooperation with Eagle 94.3, Dollar General,  Ledbetter’s (signs), and Golden Rule completed delivery of hundreds of holiday toys that had been collected from local churches, business and the general public. The beneficiaries of this effort include the Fuel Program,  Montgomery County Head Start and the Wounded Warriors.

Thousands of donated items were sorted by age and gender, and every effort was made to get the toys matched up with the individual wishes of the children registered for this program, according to Julie Wright, administrator of the program. In one case, gift wrappers weren’t sure if the child named was a boy or girl, so volunteers packaged gifts for each gender.

Loading the gifts into the truck

Volunteers unload trash bags full of childrens' gifts

Wright explained that the program was their way of  saying “thank you” to the soldiers who protect our country just as the Sheriff’s department protects our community.

Sheriff  Norman  Lewis said “seeing the look on children’s faces as they open their gifts” made all the work and preparation worthwhile. Volunteers have been wrapping and tagging presents 8 hours a day since Monday.

With over one thousand toys leftover, the remainder will be donated to other programs and charities  in the community.

Sheriff’s Department  Photos by Bill Larson


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3 Responses to “Sheriff’s Department, volunteers brighten Christmas for Fort Campbell children”

  1. Blayne Clements Says:
    December 19th, 2008 at 8:49 am
    Blayne Clements

    Sheriff Norman Lewis said “seeing the look on children’s faces as they open their gifts” made all the work and preparation worthwhile.

    I wonder if he has thought about the look on the public faces with having 5 people escape his jail since May.

  2. Bill Larson Says:
    December 19th, 2008 at 1:40 pm
    Bill Larson

    I have no doubt that he is as livid as you or I am. I would bet that a security crackdown is coming at the jail in light of this latest incident. It’s a sign that some people may have become complacent, and that’s a sign that a shakeup may be required. But placing all of the blame directly on Sheriff Lewis’s isn’t constructive nor would it be helpful in rectifying the situation that currently exists at the county jail.

  3. Blayne Clements Says:
    December 19th, 2008 at 2:59 pm
    Blayne Clements

    I agree Bill. When an inmate goes through a 4 step process and no one notices its the wrong person being released, the problem is not just a single employee not following orders (as implied by Capt. Tackett in the LC) but the problem seems more systemic. The buck stops at the top; I have confidence that Sheriff Lewis will get to the root of the problem and fix it.

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