Sheriff James Singleton says he is thankful for all the support the community is giving the inaugural Operation Christmas/Shop With a Deputy program the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office is conducting this year.
Sheriff Singleton said the event will benefit about 60 children in Hempstead County. Children benefiting from the program were submitted the Sheriff’s Office by area churches and individuals from Hempstead County.
The event will take place Saturday, December 16 at 9 a.m. Deputies, other law enforcement and emergency responders will arrive at 8 a.m. to for the convoy which will include Santa himself. The convoy will roll out at 8:30 a.m. and escort Santa to Walmart. There he will meet the children and their parents at 9 a.m. in the Garden Center where Walmart employees will have hot chocolate and cookies for the children.
Reverend Jesse Henry will deliver a short devotional about the true meaning of Christmas before the children are paired up with deputies, officers and other emergency responders for their $125 shopping spree. After the children have picked out their presents they will return to the Garden Center to have their picture taken with Santa and their emergency responder escort.
Volunteers will be available to wrap each child’s gifts.
Any funds left over from Operation Christmas will be used to purchase tricycles, small bicycles and helmets for children at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Sheriff Singleton said, “I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our first Operation Christmas and those citizens and business who took ads out in our 2018 Day Planner. If those citizens and business had not stepped up and purchased the ads, we could not serve so many kids this year. I would also like to thank those who contributed and wanted to remain anonymous.”
The following is a list of business that contributed to the 2018 Day Planner. “I thank God that we have so many businesses that were willing to help us make this many Hempstead County children have a Merry Christmas.”, Singleton said.
The First National Bank of Tom Bean
Paradise Quick Stop
B & R Building Supply
Pit Stop Tire and Lube
Pafford Medical Services
Red River Wrecker Service
Madlocks Auto Glass and Body Shop
Hope Tire and Wheel
JB Cook Supply
Downtown Oil and Lube
Landes 24 Hour Towing and Recovery
Razorback Jack’s Wood Working
Western Auto Associate Store
Hope Outdoor Power and Equipment
Five Star Auto Sales
Reese’s Towing and Auto Repair
Dos Los Gringos Steakhouse
Sheba’s Family Restaurant
Boll Weevil Pawn
Wylie Glass and Salvage
Stills Auto Service
State Farm Insurance
Heather Doucet Agent
13 Brothers Meat Market
Fred Korenek Diesel Repair
Tyson’s Food, Inc.
Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home