Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Santa Stops Will Deliver Gifts, Not Tickets

Members of the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and Sallisaw Police Department bought 
359 toys, purchased with donations, to be given to children during Santa Stops

Santa may show up at your vehicle window wearing a different uniform during the week of Dec. 12.

He may be wearing a police uniform, and he will be at your window, with gifts in hand.

Sheriff Ron Lockhart said Santa Stops was the idea of an anonymous donor.

“A donor asked me to do it,” Lockhart said. “With the way things are with law enforcement right now, we thought this would be a good way to get the kids behind law enforcement officers.”

Sheriff’s deputies, Sallisaw police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers will be participating, and stopping vehicles that have children in them. The Santa Stops will be held throughout the county.

The donor and other money gifts have provided 359 toys to be given away, Lockhart said.

He explained Santa Stops will also honor the late Muldrow resident George Ed “Tooter” Sanders, 67, a volunteer for the sheriff’s department, who died Sept. 13. His family requested that, in lieu of flowers for the funeral, donations be made to the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office Children’s Toy Fund.

“I knew him for 50 years,” Lockhart said. “He ran for sheriff back in 1988. He was very interested in law enforcement, and helped us on stake outs and everything. I traveled many miles with him.”

Lockhart said this is the first year for Santa Stops. In the past two years deputies delivered toys to schools to be given to children who might need a little something extra. The Sallisaw Police Department also does Shop with a Cop. In that program, police officers take children Christmas shopping not only for themselves, but for family members too.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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