By Terry Harris, Staff Writer
Appears In: August 23, 2017
SUSSEX – The Sussex County Sheriff’s Department will host a Breaking Chains Health and Wellness Day August 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Stony Creek Park with food, fun, and fellowship. Thanks to the department’s Third Annual School Backpack and School Supply Fundraiser and the help of many local organizations and individuals there also will be lots of backpacks filled with school supplies available for local kids.
“We’re trying to use this as part of an effort to break through the dark cloud over our county of people not coming together,” said Sheriff Ernest Giles. “We encourage all kids and families to come out to this event. We have to come together in this community as one.”
Patrick Plourde’, Sussex County Social Services Director said of the effort, “I envision people in and from our communities connected, empowered and flourishing. This School Supply Giveaway effort led by the Sussex County Sheriff Department is an amazing opportunity to help our young people flourish by having the supplies they need for the upcoming school year.”
Nelson Laine, Waste Management Landfill Operation Manager, added, “We wanted to be a part of the community and let the kids know that we care about them. Our goal is to be good stewards of Sussex County.”
Some of the other volunteers vital to this year’s effort to provide school supplies to local kids include Walter Hinton, Waste Management Rail Operation Manager, Deputy Michael Kessinger, Deputy Marquise Bonner, Deputy Brandon Cherry, Deputy Alston Fly, Deputy Melvin Saunders, Mr.Vandy Jones, County Administrator, and Deputy Alesha Blue.
“Because we care about all the citizens of Sussex County,” said Lt. Valarie Patterson-Ricks, “chains will be broken as long as we continue to work together and support one another.”
Ricks expressed appreciation on behalf of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department for “all the support shown by county employees and various local businesses within the county in making this project a success,” and added that backpacks and school supplies also will be distributed on the east side of the county on August 25th from five to seven p.m. at Mars Hill AME Zion Church in Wakefield, which also has been instrumental in collecting the school supplies.
For additional questions or concerns citizens can contact the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office at 434-246-5000 and ask for Lt. Valarie Ricks, Dispatcher Crystal Wyche or Sheriff E. Giles, Sr.