COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Employees of the Colleton County Sheriff's spread some holiday cheer Friday, delivering food to less fortunate folks as part of the 'Helping All Neighbors' program.
It was started started six years ago by Deputy Jesse Pringle.
"In 2009, I received a vision from the Lord that told me I needed to reach out to the community to help those that might be in need," Pringle said.
Pringle says in it's first year, a committee of four people organized the food giveaway.
Ten families were served.
This year there are ten people on the committee and 77 families are being served.
"I feel it gives us an opportunity as the sheriff's department to truly go out and into the community and operate as a family," sheriff's office victim advocate Lynette Fryar said.
This law enforcement family loaded up the bags and made the deliveries to the families.
A sheriff's deputy dressed as Santa Claus also came along.
The first stop was the home of 98 year old Idella Jamison in the Islandton community.
In addition to the food, Jamison got an extra special gift, a sheriff's office blanket to keep her warm during the winter.
She's grateful for the goodies.
"Makes me feel so much better to know I'm thought about," Jamison said.
For the sheriff's office, 'Helping All Neighborhoods' allows them to show their human side to the public.
"Hey, it's not always bad news when you see law enforcement. It's bridging the gap through the community and law enforcement," Sheriff Andy Strickland said.