Thursday, December 26, 2013
It's the season for giving, and nowhere was that more apparent last week than at North Augusta Public Safety.
Last week, Public Safety helped 13 families with gifts and food, according to Donna Costello, administrative secretary to Chief John Thomas.
“In October we had a golf tournament, and the tournament raised proceeds that went toward helping these families,” she said. “They turn in an application every year, and some of the officers go to different houses and realize that the family needs help. They get the family to turn in the application, which is turned back in to me. Some of the officers' wives are teachers and recognize some students who need help. Different officers and some of their wives, and some of the other people who work in Public Safety, go out after we give them a budget and purchase whatever the kids said that they want for Christmas. Then we just deliver it to them.”
On Wednesday, detectives Clint Busbee and Chris Toole, among others, drove out to deliver the gifts to various homes. The gift giving also ran through Wednesday and Thursday.
“Contrary to how some people view the police, we enjoy finding ways to help others,” said Lt. Tim Thornton, a spokesman for Public Safety. “With the proceeds from our annual fundraising golf tournament sponsored by Greg's Gas Plus, we are able to identify families in need. Our officers volunteer to help buy and deliver gifts, clothes and groceries to the homes. Most of them enlist their wives and children to help, as well. It's a great opportunity for everyone – giving or receiving.”
Costello said the event requires some coordination, as some investigators are pulled off their shifts or come in when they aren't on duty. She said it is especially true for the officers who have purchased for a family, as they want to also help deliver the presents.
Scott Rodgers is the editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013.
He is a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.