More than 250 individuals and groups have contributed to the fund established for the purchase of Level III bulletproof vests for Newton.
County Sheriff's Office deputies. The fund currently stands at more than $85,000, not including funds recently received from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Those contributing $1,000 or more include:
* Ginn Chevrolet;
* Ginn Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge;
* Newton Federal;
* Marshall and Dawn Atha;
* The Arnold Fund;
* John and Diane Bowers;
* Newton County Community Partnership;
* Robert R. Fowler III;
* Newton Baptist Church;
* Covington Elks Lodge 1806 and Elkadettes;
* Newton County Republican Party;
* Several anonymous donations;
* Ed, Charley and Rachael Needham;
* Beaver Manufacturing;
* Mary Jane Dixon;
* Bethlehem Baptist Church;
* Lisa Hayes;
* First Presbyterian Church;
* The Rotary Club of Covington Foundation;
* SRG Global; and
* Bobby and Jean Thomas.
The fund was established by Dawn and Marshall Atha after their son, Deputy Wesley Atha, was saved by his bulletproof vest. The fundraising goal is $113,000.
Donations to this cause can be made by check payable to the Newton County Sheriff's Office and earmarked for Safety Vests & Equipment. Donations can be mailed to the NCSO in care of Apryle Jones, 15151 Alcovy Road, Covington, GA 30014.