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Dougherty County's Sheriff employees double as elves

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 22, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Christmas came early for a few lucky Dougherty County children who got a helping hand with their holiday shopping.

The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office treated several kids to lunch at Ryan's Restaurant before a day of Christmas shopping at K-Mart. This year 15 kids were chosen to participate in the fourth annual Shop with a Sheriff program.

During lunch some of the children finalized their shopping lists as Sheriff-elect Kevin Sproul explained the program does more than give children gifts.

"A game for my little brother and some clothes for my mom," said Kenny Brown, Shop with a Sheriff.

"We're trying to prevent them from getting in any problems down the road, we're trying to show them that we care about them as law enforcement. We always hear the cliche that our children are our future, but they really are," said Sheriff-elect Kevin Sproul.

Sheriff-elect Sproul said the Exchange Club of Southwest Georgia presented the Sheriff's Office with a $2,500 check for the program and K-Mart also gives the children a discount on their purchases.

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