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This past Saturday, Cleveland County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from Little Axe, Cedar Country and Slaughterville fire departments teamed up to make sure eight families have presents underneath the Christmas tree this holiday season.
CCSO employees and personnel from Anna McBride Mental Health Court selected families to participate in the program. All recipients live in Cleveland County.
Families, firefighters and deputies met at the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 10, and convoyed to the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 601 12th Avenue NE, in Norman. Children and parents spent nearly two hours shopping for gifts.
As the event concluded, John Helton, a deacon with Alameda Church of Christ delivered a food box to each family.
The sheriff’s office established the holiday gift program in 2013. It is funded every year through a grant awarded by the Wal-Mart Community Foundation.
Sheriff Joe Lester said he and his deputies look forward to this event each year. It gives deputies and detention personnel a chance to spread a little Christmas cheer to people who are experiencing difficult times and do not have the resources to provide gifts for their children.
“I am proud this agency recognized a need to help less fortunate families in Cleveland County,” Lester said. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Christmas than to help these families provide food and gifts for their loved ones. I also want to thank Wal-Mart and Alameda Church of Christ for their support. This event wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for their generosity.”
Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan Jackson, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. Jackson can be reached at (405) 701-8847.