ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Duties were a little different for Dougherty County deputies on Monday. The sheriff's office treated a group of kids to lunch and Christmas shopping.
"These kids we meet during summer camp or we see them in the school system," Sheriff Kevin Sproul said. "We see them through our counseling program. Our beyond scared straight program. And we keep in touch"
Each year the "Shopping with the DOCO Sheriff's" event raises money for kids who might not otherwise get much for Christmas.
"We deal with a lot of things in our community these days that are just, some of these things are unbearable," Lieutenant Terron Hayes said. "But one thing kids get to see now is that the police are their friends. That we do care. And, that we do believe in giving back to our community in positive ways."
Thanks to sponsors like Sam's Club and K-Mart, 20 kids were able to shop with their buddy, each with a 110 dollar budget.
Including 9 year old Marcus, whose buddy,Sergeantt Rick Windham, has never missed the annual event.
"Mostly, I want to give something back to the community," Sgt. Windham said. And I want the kids to know that they can trust their law enforcement. And look to us for help."
Along with the 20 kids in attendance, generous donations from Omega Psi Phi fraternity and other local organizations raised enough money to buy 39 more families Christmas gifts.
Gifts Lieutenant Hayes has already wrapped and will personally deliver throughout the community.
"They need to see some positive light in their lives," Sheriff Sproul said. "So we're trying to supply that to them. We're trying to give that to them."