SPRINGFIELD — The holiday spirit was in full effect Thursday, as the Greene County Sheriff’s Office made some Christmas miracle’s come true.
Last month the department had a “No Shave November” fundraiser, where the entire staff pitched in at least $30 each, and the near $2,000 dollars they raised went towards an incredible surprise today.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Department embodied the season of giving for a family in Springfield, and Sheriff Jim Arnott played the role of Kris Kringle.
“It’s just a family that we adopted, and we’re going to jump in and meet that need that we learned about, so we are going to surprise the kids with Christmas,” Arnott says. “It’s great to be able to give back and also interact with the community in that way.”
The family they helped — a single mother with two kids — had been through some rough times recently.
“We just want the kids to have a positive relationship with law enforcement, and this is another way we try to bridge that gap. We got their Christmas list and we got what they wanted,” Arnott says.
After checking it twice, the Sheriff’s sleigh was loaded up, and off they went to make a house call.
6-year Bella and 2-year old Izayah were thrilled with the surprise, but their emotion was unmatched by their mother, Michalla Jackson.
After the Sheriff’s office learned about Jackson’s situation and helped her make this a holiday to remember.
“This is the Christmas I wasn’t going to be able to do. To see their faces opening these is the best thing. It’s been rough lately. I’m amazed. It makes my babies happy. I want them to see the good side of these guys. She’s never got to talk to any police officers, he loves the cars. From something that was going to be nothing, to all of this is amazing,” Jackson says.
Sheriff’s deputies didn’t stop there Thursday.
The department also bought presents for about 60 kids today at the Harmony House in Springfield.
Harmony House provides shelter for families that are victims of domestic violence. Milk and cookies were provided, and Sheriff Arnott read the classic story “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”