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Dougherty Co. kids go shopping with the sheriff

22 kids got to go shopping with deputies on Tuesday. (Source: WALB) 22 kids got to go shopping with deputies on Tuesday. (Source: WALB)
Sheriff Kevin Sproul said this is one of his favorite events. (Source: WALB) Sheriff Kevin Sproul said this is one of his favorite events. (Source: WALB)
Clarissa Marshall is 11 years old. (Source: WALB) Clarissa Marshall is 11 years old. (Source: WALB)
Jalen Fletcher is 7 years old. (Source: WALB) Jalen Fletcher is 7 years old. (Source: WALB)
All of the kids got $110 to spend at KMart. (Source: WALB) All of the kids got $110 to spend at KMart. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

Dozens of kids in Dougherty County celebrated Christmas a little early with members of law enforcement. 

The Dougherty County Sheriff's office held their annual Shop with the Sheriff event at Kmart.

And it all started off with a hibachi style lunch followed by an afternoon of shopping.

It was all smiles for both the children and the sheriff's deputies as 22 lucky kids got to spend a little more than $100 on Christmas gifts.

"These are kids who need a little extra help during the year. They come from situations that is not their own for fault," said Sheriff Kevin Sproul. 

For seven year old Jalen Fletcher it was a chance to pick out toys and some new clothes. 

But on this shopping spree, he didn't just have himself in mind. 

"I got gifts for my mom," said Fletcher. "This because she likes to draw." 

Sproul said that in the many years that he's participated, it always amazed him that the kids think about others before themselves. 

"You push a car with a 10 or 12-year-old girl or a boy and they are more worried about their aunt, or their brother, or their a grandparent or someone like that. And they are thinking what are we going to get them for Christmas," explained Sproul.

"I bought my mom and my sister something," said 11-year old Clarissa Marshall.

At the end, they even got their gifts wrapped and ready to go under the tree. 

Sheriff Sproul said that it's days like this that make his job well worth it.

"There are many days where I wake up as the sheriff and have things going south and you kind of wish that day you weren't the Sheriff," explained Sproul. "But it's these days that I can't wait to get on the calendar every year. I just get so excited."

All of the money spent on Tuesday came from several events hosted by the sheriff's office.

Sheriff Sproul said he plans to continue this special event for many years to come. 

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