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Sheriff's Office Successful Holiday Gift Drive
Sheriff's Office Successful Holiday Gift Drive
Posted on 01/04/2022
Buncombe County Sheriff's Office Receiving Donations for Holiday Gift DriveBy: Breanna Hensley
BCS Communications Dept.

Many of Santa’s helpers worked hard last month, including deputies from the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office (BCSO). They made sure local families enjoyed some holiday cheer this season. The Sheriff’s office collected donations during the month of December at the Walmart on Hendersonville Rd.

“During the holidays if it can help someone out to have a present- whether it’s a new toy, jacket or personal care items- that can mean a lot to folks,” said BCSO Public Information Officer Aaron Sarver. “There’s so many people in our community that are in need of simple things this year.”

Deputies worked hard to collect bags full of donations from the community. The items included toys, clothes, blankets, shampoo, and toothbrushes.

Mr. Sarver stressed the importance of getting the donations to those who need them the most.

“Our goal is to provide enough basics for families that are fleeing domestic violence situations.” He went on to say, “Many people in these situations have to flee their home, and don’t have an extra shirt to sleep in, or personal care items. They literally have nothing.”

Buncombe County Schools Lead School Resource Officer Lt. Kelly Ball says just the simplest of gifts can brighten a child’s face.

“We know there is a need in our region,” explained Lt. Ball. “Having the school resource officers help with this project has been important. They understand the importance of partnering with our neighbors and non-profits to make our entire community stronger,” she said.

All the donations received were distributed to many local organizations, including the Caiyalynn Burrell Child Crisis Center, Eliada Homes, and Trinity House. Additionally, items were donated to the BCS Family Resource Center which provides support and resources to vulnerable families in our community.

“Knowing that children facing hardships will have a present to unwrap is what this is all about.” Lt. Ball continued saying, “some children have a lot to open on Christmas, as others may have nothing under the tree. It can be depressing for them, and we just want to ensure that everyone will have a wonderful holiday.”

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