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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Sheriff Secret Santa raises over $4,000

  • The week before Christmas, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office staff played collected over $4,000 in donations as part of the Secret Santa project. The goal of the project is to help people who are struggling due to unforeseen reasons.
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  • The week before Christmas, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office staff played collected over $4,000 in donations as part of the Secret Santa project. The goal of the project is to help people who are struggling due to unforeseen reasons.
    In addition to numerous donations, the LCSO also received many names of people and families nominated for assistance. Unfortunately, more names were nominated than the office could help, so names were drawn from the list of nominees.
    Once such person was Gerda from Chillicothe, who the LCSO met and discovered while she was doing her laundry by hand. Thanks to some help form Lowes, Gerda received a new washing machine.
    “Pam Jarding was working when our staff went to the business,” Sheriff Steve Cox said. “When she learned what we were doing, she not only helped out, but she personally bought the laundry detergent to be delivered.”
    Another recipient of assistance was a lady that had lost virtually everything in a recent home fire. The Secret Santa project was able to help her with a nice gift card to help get her life and new home back in order with the things she needed.
    “We were able to help quite a few families with serious needs,” Cox explained. “Some were battling serious medical issues, others were trying to live day and we were even able to help a foster care mother and her foster children enjoy Christmas.”
    All project funds were donated by local citizens and businesses.
    “We would like to thank Piggly Wiggly and Lowes for their continued help,” Cox said. “Also, a big thanks to all the wonderful people with The Concerned Citizens group who make these donations tax deductible. Our staff had a great time going over the entire county meeting, talking to and helping some very nice and wonderful people. It was a very humbling, but joyful experience.”

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