Shop with a Deputy provides Christmas gifts for children

From Staff Reports

Henry County Chapter No. 2411 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy recently helped out with the 2016 Shop with a Deputy program, sponsored by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

United Daughters of the Confederacy’s local chapter recently helped provide lunch for the 2016 Shop with a Deputy program. Special photo

Chapter members fed more than 200 children, parents and deputies as part of the occasion. Six ladies, and one husband, took part in the event by serving food, pouring tea and lemonade and interacting with parents and kids in attendance.

Shop with A Deputy, which began in Henry County 19 years ago, was overseen by Sheriff’s Sgt. Jimmie Spence. Deputies also sold Christmas fruit and nuts throughout the festivities.

Area businesses regularly participate in the annual event by providing pizza, barbecue, chicken and hot dogs. Each deputy gave a bicycle to the child he or she accompanied on the shopping excursion, with some children also sporting new coats during the event.

In response to the deputies’ actions, some of the kids responded with a desire to use some of their shopping money to buy something for others in their families.