Thanks to more than 250 motorcycle riders and donors and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) more than 1,000 children received gifts from the NCSO, Salvation Army and Solid Rock Baptist Church this Christmas.
The funds were raised through the 17th Annual Toy Ride Dec. 12 from riders who formed a line that stretched more than a mile long.
The NCSO would like to thank all who helped make the event a success. Along with the Salvation Army and Solid Rock Baptist Church, the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Chi Tau Omega Chapter) joined helping hands and warm hearts with Rev. Clara Lett and the Rainbow Covenant Ministry to ensure more than 450 hats, scarfs, mittens and socks were given to families participating in the monthly food distribution.
An additional 150 seasonal wraps were placed on the Christmas tree in the jail lobby for children of incarcerate parents.
Through a collaborative effort more than 1,500 children were able to enjoy the Christmas holiday. NCSO serviced 800 more children in 2015 than it did in 2014.
“Again, I personally want to thank those who made a contribution no matter how large or small, you made a contribution,” Sheriff Ezell Brown said. “It was a pleasure to see the smiles on the children’s faces and it is great to live and serve in a community where the citizens are eager to give to those less fortunate”