Sheriff’s Office sponsors book bag giveaway


Staff Writer

Thursday, July 12, 2018

In the midst of the sweltering summer heat, kids heading back to school might be the last thing on a parent's mind — but it’s closer than anyone might think.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office wants to help with the inevitable expenses involved with children returning to class by giving away book bags and school supplies.

This year's Back-To-School-Book-Bag Giveaway and Hot Dog for Kids event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Sheriff's Office in Nashville.

“I have 200 book bags right now and hope to have 400 by the time of the giveaway,” said Maj. David Wooten of the Sheriff’s Office. “It's a first-come, first-served basis. Kids that walk up first get a book bag until they're all gone.”

Sheriff Keith Stone said he started the program soon after coming into office as a way to help children in the community.

“We are around and in and out of schools all the time so we see the number of kids that don't have anything,” Stone said. “So we started the Christmas for kids and the book bag event to help these kids. We want to see them succeed in life.”

Deputies will pass out the book bags with 18 school supplies.

“Come out and get a book bag and enjoy a hot dog,” Wooten said.

The Sheriff's Office recently held a hot dog dinner for kids in the parking lot of the Opportunities Industrialization Center in Rocky Mount.

Volunteers who want to help pass out book bags and civic organizations or businesses that want to participate in the Aug. 11 event can contact Wooten at david.wooten@nashcountync.gov or 252-885-0043 or Capt. David Brake at david.brake@nashcountync.gov or 252-885-0017.

The event will be located at the west side parking lot of the Nash County Courthouse Complex at 222 West Washington St. in Nashville.