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Annual Shop With a Sheriff program sends presents home to more than 60 families

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office held its annual Shop With a Sheriff event last week at the McMinnville Wal-Mart store, where 67 children shopped with a deputy, YCSO staff member, volunteer group member or officers of other law enforcement agencies or the district attorney's office.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sheriff's deputies joined forces with 67 children last week during the annual Shop With a Sheriff program.

Students from schools across the county, identified by administrators at their schools, benefitted from the program where each child was given a $100 Wal-Mart gift card to purchase items for their families. This year that group included for the first time children from the Marion-Polk-Yamhill Foster Parent Association. After a busy day of shopping, the kids then lunched on Subway sandwiches while helpers wrapped their presents.

"Our deputies and staff, along with volunteers from other county agencies, had a great time," said Sheriff Tim Svenson. "The kids are so excited about being able to buy things for their families, and we enjoy watching their faces light up when we remind them to pick out something for themselves too. A lot of our deputies get into law enforcement because they want to serve their communities. This is a different way of doing that. It was a great way to engage with kids and families that may not have much interaction with us and we got stopped by several shoppers who thanked us for our service —– always a nice bonus for our staff."

Anyone who would like to donate to next year's Shop With a Sheriff can make checks payable to Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and write "Shop With a Sheriff" in the memo line. The checks can be mailed to the sheriff's office at 535 N.E. Fifth St., Room 143, McMinnville OR 97128.

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