(Posted Dec. 23, 2015)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Volunteers with the Madison County Deputy Sheriffs Association have a tradition. The Saturday before Christmas, they get together to box up and deliver meals to people in need across the county.
This year, the tradition took place on Dec. 19. All totaled, the group delivered food to 150 families. Each box contained noodles, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, and other holiday meal fixings, along with a grocery store gift card to purchase non-perishables, such as meat and milk. Each box feeds six to eight people.
“The deputies work on this project basically all year, doing fundraisers and collecting donations. It’s a tradition that’s been carried on for over 35 years that I know of,” said Sheriff Jim Sabin.
Decades ago, deputies delivered about 15 meals. Increased donations allowed that number to increase to 150.
“We’re fortunate in this county that we have individuals and businesses that recognize this need and are very generous to help us make this an annual event,” Sabin said.
For the deputies who participate, the food box project is somewhat of a family affair. Many recruit their spouses and children to help fill the boxes and/or make deliveries.
“We do have a lot of families in the county that are in need…We try to make sure they have an enjoyable holiday season,” Sabin said.
Meal recipients are referred to the Deputy Sheriffs Association by Madison County Job and Family Services.