ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Over 20 kids will now have gifts under their Christmas tree in a few days.
That’s thanks to the Dougherty County Sheriff Office.
Deputies took 23 children on a shopping spree at Target.
Before that, they had lunch at Toyko Japanese Steakhouse.
Each kid was paired with an adult and they got to buy anything they wanted for up to $110.
School staff chose students at 10 different schools and the Division of Family and Children Services selected others.
Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said they’ve been doing “Shop with a Sheriff” for nearly 20 years.
He said he wants to continue to show students how much they care.
“The world they’re growing up in and the violence and the ugliness that they see, that’s not everybody. We know what they’re dealing with and what they’re having to go through and we want to just bless them at this time and give back to them,” said Sproul.
Nehemiah Johnson, a 12-year-old Dougherty County student, said he never had this opportunity before.
Johnson said he’s grateful for his gifts and even bought items for his parents as well.
“I never really done this before. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s just so great!” said Johnson.
Funds were provided from past events and community donations.
Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler and others also participated in the event.
Staff will visit with the children after Christmas to ensure they enjoy their new gifts.