For the past several years, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office pre-sold Christmas trees in order to help families in Franklin County during this holiday time.
Deputy H. L. Nolen, Outreach Coordinator said today, "We knew last year we could not continue selling trees due to issues in the Christmas tree industry that had nothing to do with COVID, but this pandemic did force us to cancel other fund raising events we had scheduled in 2020. Without being able to independently raise funds, the focus then was to partner with the churches in the community to assist in the newly named outreach Operation Christmas Joy."
Deputy Nolen said, "We do not choose the families. We were given names by the Franklin County Public Schools and have contacted them. We now are in the process of calling local churches to see how much they can assist families located in each elementary school district."
"Everyone has been affected by the COVID issue," Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton said, "so we are trying to be sensitive to this when we approach the church community. There is a possibility we might not need to call ALL the churches in the area, but if we have a situation where a church can take on a small portion of the overall ministry, we will reach out to them. The Office of the Sheriff thanks all those who purchased trees in the past and given the right circumstances, hope to continue this method of fund raising in the future."