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The Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office presented 12 county children with a wide variety of toys and clothing items as part of the fourth annual “Shop With the Sheriff.”

Due to the current pandemic, plans for the event had to be altered. Sheriff’s office personnel conducted the shopping spree on Tuesday, December 7 at the Walmart Supercenter, Central Park.  On Friday, December 11, each child and a family member arrived separately at the Sheriff’s Office to pick up the gifts which included a special visit from Santa himself.  Smiles flowed abundantly as well as a few tears of joy.

“I want to thank our citizens and the Walmart Foundation for the monetary donations to make the purchases,” said Sheriff C.O. Balderson. “Additionally, I also want to thank Subway for providing a meal certificate to each child and Manager Anucha Taylor for arranging the logistics at his store. Words alone can’t adequately express my deepest appreciation for their generosity and support in making this special occasion possible.”

If anyone is interested in making a donation to the “Shop With the Sheriff” program, please contact Master Deputy Amy Molinares at amolinares@westcoso.us or at (804) 493 – 8066.