DECATUR – Several Macon County families will have more presents under the tree this year thanks to the 12th annual “Shop with a Sheriff” event.
40 children in need met up with some Macon County Sheriffs to shop for Christmas gifts on Thursday night. Deputy Lyndsey Reedy says each kid was given $100 to spend on anything they wanted, with all of the money coming straight from the sheriffs.
“It’s very rewarding to come out and spend time with the kids so they can see us in a different way,” says Reedy. “So often, they just see us in more of a negative light, so it’s nice to spend one on one time with them.”
“We are just like everybody else; we’re moms and dads, and we are out here to have a good time and help them have a good Christmas,” she adds.
Reedy says they raised the money through their annual Law Enforcement Trap Shoot, along with donations from the community. $100 goes a long way in buying Christmas gifts, but what would you buy for yourself or your family if you had the money?
“I got a lot of toys for my family and only two toys for me,” says 9 year old Makenzie Brockway. “It’s gonna be cool to see my mom and dad and everybody open their presents and be surprised.”
Makenzie was one of the many young kids who acted selfless, buying more gifts for her family than herself.
The children were referred to the Sheriff’s Office through schools, social service agencies, and community members. Reed says she hopes the kids and their families can enjoy Christmas a little bit more this year, because everyone should be happy this holiday season.