SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER TO COOK COUNTY STUDENTS
Friday, December 19, 2014
—Cook County Sheriff’s officers helped spread some cheer to students at local schools this holiday season, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.
Today officers visited four separate classrooms at Herzl School in the North Lawndale neighborhood to deliver gifts to approximately 120 children. Two classrooms were sponsored by officers from the Civil Division, who selected individual students’ letters and purchased their requested gifts.
On Dec. 17, the Sheriff’s Department was notified that students from two additional classrooms at Herzl School were still in need of gifts.
The Sheriff’s Central Warrant Unit took swift action and collected funds to purchase toys and supplies for these students as well. Generous donations from around the department, including deputies at the Juvenile Court facility and officers who work with the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, helped ensure that these students received gifts this holiday season.
The partnership with Herzl School was organized in conjunction with the Chicago Sun-Times’ “Letters to Santa” program, which the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has been involved with since 2004.
Sheriff’s officers also delivered gifts to approximately 65 students at Melrose Park Elementary School in Melrose Park. Sheriff’s deputies who work at the Daley Center Courts purchased the gifts requested by the students.
On Dec. 10, officers visited John Hay Elementary School in the Austin neighborhood to deliver school supplies and gifts to 34 children in their Head Start program. Officers were invited to read stories to the students and participate in some of the classroom’s daily activities.
The officers involved with these projects were grateful for the opportunity to see the joy their generosity brought to these children.
“Our officers have a pretty tough job,” Sheriff Dart said. “It’s nice for them to get a break from their routine and help foster the holiday spirit.”