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‘Meet & Greet’ set March 30 at sheriff’s office; More than 2,000 Easter eggs provided for kids 0-10 to hunt

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The community will have an opportunity next weekend to enjoy a burger or hot dog prepared by sheriff’s staff and their families while the kids hunt plastic Easter eggs filled with candy and donated prizes.

  And the best part of it all is that it’s free. Yep, that’s right, fee.

The activities are all part of Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office’s “Meet and Greet and Egg Hunt” Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lot located beside Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, directly behind Alliance Bank’s offices on Rosemont Street — the same place as last year. The event is being sponsored by Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association and Hopkins County Drug Awareness and Resistance Education program.

Entertainment will be provided by The Gospel Goose clowns, while Danny Cummings serves as a DJ, providing music from the 50s, 60s and 70s during the event.

Kids will be able to enjoy hunting for the 2,000 candy-filled eggs donated by local businesses, agencies and individuals for the occasion. The field will be divided into three distinct hunting areas: ages 0-3 years, 4-6 years and 7-10 years. As if that’s not enough to get the youngsters hopping, All Star Parties is donating use of a bounce house for kids’ enjoyment during the event. And, several local businesses have donated prizes which children can sign up for chances to win at the event. Most of the food items too have been donated for the event.

City National Bank, Guaranty Bond Bank and Alliance Bank donated the basic-set for the cook-out, including grills. Among the many who as of late Friday had confirmed contributions for the cook-out of either food, drinks, funds or supplies were: Whataburger, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Paris, Grocery Supply Co., Cash Saver, Brookshire’s, Wal-Mart, McMahand Auto, Toliver Ford, Ocean Spray Inc. and JB Weld. Candy, prizes and egg sponsors confirmed earlier in the week included Grocery Supply Co., Ag Power, Sulphur Springs Hardware, Lowe’s, Morningstar Foods, Sulphur Springs Dodge, Atwood’s, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, Tractor Supply Co., Walgreens, CVS and anonymous donors. The county attorney’s office is also helping out with the eggs, Teen Court will provide volunteers to help out during the event and M&M Portable Toilets helped in provision of portable potties. A number of businesses and individuals who wished to remain anonymous also contributed to help ensure the county sheriff’s officials have what’s needed for the program to be a success. 

HCSO Drug Awareness and Resistance Education Program will have a table set up to give parents and citizens a better idea what the program is all about, as well as offer some color books and pencil for the kids to enjoy. Sgt. Brad Cummings, HCSO D.A.R.E. officer, extends an invitation to the parents of students he’s taught or is teaching in the D.A.R.E. program in county schools to bring their student(s) and youngsters and stop by to say hi to him, the other sheriff’s deputies, dispatchers, jailers, investigators and Posse, and their families. Officers from some other local branches of law enforcement have also indicated to event organizers that they plan to be on hand too to meet community members and just enjoy a family-friendly outing at the sheriff’s office.

“It’s going to be a relaxed atmosphere where people can bring their family and get to know us a little better, who we are, for us to get to know the community better — a fun, relaxed meeting instead of during a situation on which we are called out as is often the case. It lets them see we’re just people too. Our families will be there too,” Cummings said.

“We hope to have a good time. We hope there’s a good turn out. We have lots of prizes, candy eggs, food, chips and drinks — all they care to eat,” said HCSO Deputy Alvin Jordan.

“This is an opportunity for the community to get closer to us and the Posse. Many are surprised to know you don’t have to be in law enforcement to be on the Posse. They always welcome more members. Anyone that’s interested in joining can talk to Capt. Major Willis at the event,” said Cummings.

For those who have called in to the sheriff’s office or who might in the future, March 30, represents an opportunity for people to put a face to some of the voices encountered over the phone.

“If people get to know us, it makes it easier all around if a situation arises to talk with them. Many don’t know us unless we’ve had to respond to a call at their location. We want them to get to know us so that if we do have to come out, it’ll be easier for them — or especially for children — and us to talk to them. If the kids come out here Saturday, they’ll know not to be afraid of officers if something does come up,” said Cummings. “It’s an opportunity if there are any ill feelings, for people to come and understand us better. We’re not all about catching someone, putting them in handcuffs and carting them off to jail. We’re here to serve,” Cummings added.

Cummings added that local residents can also put April 27 on their calendars, that’s the day HCSO D.A.R.E. and DEA host one of two annual Drug Take Back Days, designed to allow people to dispose of unused medications safely by dropping them  off at a local collection site — no questions asked — for the DEA to dispose of the drugs. Also, watch for information about a fun comedy review type show currently planned for July to raise funds for the Hopkins County D.A.R.E. program, taught to kids in the six rural school districts in Hopkins County.

 

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