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PCSO Employees and Citizens Donate Time, Money and Gifts this Holiday Season
 
Posted: 12/24/2012 12:00 AM
 
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office organized three Christmas programs and events during this holiday season to help those who are less fortunate.

Our employees were able to raise $23,000 which was used to purchase toys, clothes and food for under privileged families in Pinal County. Through toy donations and fundraising we were able to provide over 2,000 toys to nearly 400 children.

  • The first event was The Sheriff’s Toy Shop.” Through this program we organized several toy drives. All of the toys were taken to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, sorted and then distributed to under privideged children in Pinal County.


  • Corrections Corporation of America” presented our office with a cash gift and a truck load of new toys for needy families in Pinal County. (pictured left to right: Chief Deputy Steve Henry, Sheriff Paul Babeu, Warden Charles DeRosa, Sgt Penny Fendly, Corina Price and Laura Carrisalez).
  • The second event was Adopt a Family.” This year we were able to purchase and deliver a full wardrobe of clothing to 48 children along with a $100 Fry’s food card for each family. This program was fully funding by the generous donation of Pinal County resident George Johnson and his family.


  • We received 112 hand sewn stockings (filled with small toys, candy, toothpaste & Kleenex) donated by the wonderful women of the “Skyline Quilt Club and Queen Creek Quilters.” The stockings were given to patrol deputies to give to children they came in contact with on emergency calls that may need a little Christmas cheer.
  • Last but not least was our Shop with a Sheriff” program. This is program in which a member of our office or community nominates a child in need or one that has suffered a recent traumatic event. This year we took 22 children and 30 volunteers to the Casa Grande Walmart to shop. The 22 children split approximately $9,000 worth of gift cards which they used to shop for their families for Christmas.
    
    

We want to thank not only our employees but also everyone who has donated to our outreach programto make it such a success; including the George Johnson family, Ak-Chin Indian Community, JC Penny's, Walmart, McDonald's, CCA, countless Pinal County small businesses and private individuals.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Christmas is a time for giving and sharing. I want to thank all of you who have made Christmas possible for hundreds of children and families that were in great need. God Bless you and Merry Christmas!”
Public Information Officer

Tim Gaffney
520.705.8124
pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov



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