DEPUTIES DONATE MORE THAN 4,000 POUNDS OF FOOD AND MORE THAN 500 TOYS
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies in cooperation with neighborhood watch groups and homeowners’ associations near Irmo will donate 4,601 pounds of non-perishable food items and 530 new, unwrapped toys to Harvest Hope Food Bank and The Salvation Army at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 13 during a Stuff-A-Bus public-awareness event that will be conducted in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart Supercenter at 360 Harbison Boulevard, Columbia.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies also will provide non-perishable food items, new clothes and new, unwrapped toys to persons in Lexington County who are in need of assistance. The food, clothes and toys were donated to the Sheriff’s Department as part of the agency’s annual holiday food and toy drive. Lt. Kevin Blackmon is coordinating the agency’s holiday food and toy drive.
Three neighborhood watch groups and one homeowners’ association near Irmo participated in the sixth annual Sheriff’s Department Spirit of Giving Challenge, Metts said. The three groups and one homeowners’ association donated a record total of 3,501 pounds of non-perishable food items and 254 new, unwrapped toys to the Sheriff’s Department. Irmo Resident Deputy Dan Rusinyak coordinated the Spirit of Giving Challenge.
The Quail Valley Homeowners’ Association won the Spirit of Giving Challenge in the large group category by donating 2,391 pounds of non-perishable food items and 167 new, unwrapped toys, Metts said. The Hallmark Community Neighborhood Watch donated 744 pounds of non-perishable food items and 28 new, unwrapped toys.
The Rapids Community Neighborhood Watch won the Spirit of Giving Challenge in the small group category by donating 156 pounds of non-perishable food items and 37 new, unwrapped toys, Metts said. The Stratton Place Community Neighborhood Watch donated 210 pounds of non-perishable food items and 22 new, unwrapped toys.
The donation of non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys to Harvest Hope Food Bank, The Salvation Army and persons in Lexington County who are in need of assistance reflects the agency’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County, Metts said.
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