The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Unit delivered 14 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need today.  Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers, including Winfield Police Department School Resource Officer, identified 14 families in need of a Thanksgiving meal this year.

For the past several weeks, School Resource Officers collected monetary donations and canned food for each family.  Elsberry School Resource Officer Greg Turner reached out to an Elsberry family about a meal to learn their stove no longer worked.  The family was grateful for the food but had no way of cooking it.

Deputy Turner sent a schoolwide email out about the family’s predicament and it did not take long to get a response. Deputy Turner, with the generosity of an Elsberry School District employee, delivered a slightly used stove to the family Saturday morning.

“We have incredible deputies who do incredible work in Lincoln County,” said Sheriff John Cottle. “I had no idea they organized this effort until the Community Services Commander briefed me this morning.  My motto is, and always have been, if it makes us money, saves us money or its’ the right thing to do, employees do not have to ask permission before acting. This act of kindness is the perfect example of this motto.”

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