COVINGTON -- Employees with the Newton County Sheriff's Office helped 426 children who are members of 162 families this Christmas, but they see a far greater need and hope to help even more next year.
The Deputies Who Care fund hosted its 13th Annual Toy Run in early December to raise funds for the holiday effort.
"It has traditionally been the last locally organized bike ride of the year and has become known as the coldest ride of the year," said Cpl. Wade Freeman who will oversee the Deputies Who Care efforts for 2012.
In addition to the money generated by the ride, other toys and funds were donated by area churches, organizations and private citizens.
"All the children were local and many, if not for these donations, may not have received anything this Christmas," Freeman said.
"I would like to thank all those who donated and volunteered to make this year such a success," said Sheriff Ezell Brown. "It is amazing what can be accomplished when people come together for a common cause. With implementation of new ideas and new partnerships, I would like to see these numbers double next year."
Freeman, who also directs the C.H.A.M.P.S. program for NCSO, agrees.
"We are going to provide more opportunities for the citizens to contribute throughout the year and clear avenues for the businesses and organizations to partner with us in assisting more people in 2012," he said.
For more information on Deputies Who Care or to contribute or volunteer, call Freeman at 678-625-1445.