Help children enjoy Christmas by giving
Santa’s heroes want to take a lot of children shopping in Jasper County for Christmas presents this year.
In an effort to reach those who are less fortunate this holiday season, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with several organizations to help some children shop with Santa’s heroes.
“This is new for us and we want children to look at us as heroes and understand we are here to help them,” Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus said. “We got involved in this program and wanted to come up with a name and ‘Shopping with Santa’s Heroes’ was a great fit for the program. We want to ensure that some of our less fortunate children have a memorable Christmas.”
The Department of Social Services is selecting the children who will be helped by the program. They will be ages 12 or younger and in the care of social services. Those participating in the program Dec. 16 will include emergency personnel from the Jasper County Fire Department, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Ridgeland Police Department, Hardeeville Police Department, Jasper County Fire Rescue, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
The participating departments will be paired up with the selected children and they will ride in emergency vehicles to Walmart from the county parking lot. When every child has completed shopping, they will then go to several local restaurants for breakfast, Malphrus said.
Malphrus said the event, so far, has raised close to $3,000 and they hope to shop for at least 30 kids.
“Donations determine the number of children able to participate in this event and our goal is to provide each child with a $150 gift card,” he said.
Donations can be made to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office by Dec. 8. Once all donations have been collected, gift cards will be purchased from Walmart.
“The citizens have been wonderful so far with helping with donations and we appreciate it,” Malphrus said. “This is a collective effort to make Jasper County a great place to live and a way to build trust and relationships within the community. We recognize there are children who are needy and we want to help them have a great Christmas.”