Christmas Connection Efforts: Christmas Wishes Coming True

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Christmas Connection Efforts: Christmas Wishes Coming True

CHARLES COUNTY - 12/24/2009

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While many families are hanging stockings and trimming trees this Christmas season, countless others are struggling to make ends meet. Knowing financial hardships strike especially painfully at Christmastime, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office actively supports the Children’s Aid Society’s Christmas Connection effort, which provides donated food, toys, clothes and other items to the community’s neediest families.

Officers, including Sheriff Rex Coffey, helped unload truckloads of items into the Maryland Army National Guard armory in La Plata. Officers were also stationed at the armory during shopping days to help load the cars of citizens who shopped the Connection.

On Dec. 16, members of the Corrections Division, which operates the Charles County Detention Center, presented more than $2,400 worth of bicycles, games, stuffed animals, dolls and other toys for the Connection to Pat Santee of the Children’s Aid Society.

Pictured from left to right are Correctional Officer Anthony Mitchell, Cpl. David Smith, Sgt. Brian Gardiner, Correctional Officer Jason Johnson, Cpl. John Greer, Cpl. Ryan Ross, Santee, Correctional Officer Crystal Parum, Correctional Officer Amber McAlwee, Sheriff Coffey, Major Joe  Montminy, Deputy Director Susan Rice, Correctional Officer Susan Travers and Correctional Officer Andrew Hunt.

For more information about the Sheriff’s Office and its community outreach efforts, visit

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