Effingham Sheriff’s Hand out Turkeys, not Tickets

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Thanksgiving can be a tough time for many families who don’t have enough money for a holiday dinner.

But one local law enforcement group tried to help.. one turkey at a time.

You see the blue lights behind you and the sheriff’s deputy get out of the car and think it can’t be anything good.

“We noticed there was no tag on your vehicle,” explains SFC Pete Hossala of the Effingham County Sheriff’s to one unsuspecting driver.
“No tag?” the driver responds.
“Do you guys have a tag?” said Hossala.
“We should have one we are handicapped.”

Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie and his deputies hand out a dozen turkeys to needy folks in the area
Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie and his deputies hand out a dozen turkeys to needy folks in the area

This time when the deputy gets you out of the car, he doesn’ty give you a ticket, but a turkey.

“What we are doing is random acts of kindess for Thanksgiving,” says Hossala. “This is our sheriff Jimmy mcDuffie and we’d like to get y’all a Thanksgiving dinner.”

Deputies hand over a dinner, turkey and all the trimmings, all for free, all courtesy of the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.

“I’m a little shaken but its a good cause,” says a smiling Wanda Roper, Turkey receipent. “But you guys did a good job, are doing a good job. And i thank you.”

This was one of five stops on this day, and a dozen over two days. Many which started the same way.

“Did you have a tag on your vehicle? A license plate?
“Yes”
“because there’s no plate on your vehicle”

Each one with the same shocked reaction.

“We wanted to bring y’all a turkey dinner.”
“Oh My Goodness! Goodness gracious” said an emotional Kaleigh Perry as she got her turkey dinner.

“The biggest thing is to make people understand that we are human beings,” says Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie. “Yeah we’ve got a badge and got a gun sometimes, but its not all about that.”

Humans who need it, and appreciate this “random act of kindness”.

“You don’t even have to do anything, just take it home and get it ready,” Hossala tells one family.
“I’m going to cry.”
“Don’t do that ma’am.”
“I’m very blessed.”

“Just to be able to do something l;ike this. I can understand why they don’t have any words for us because we all have the same feeling doing something like this,” explains SFC Hossala.

A feeling that was doubled for little Jody Lautier.

Her bike was stolen, and when they heard about the crime, two deputies who were handing out turkeys stepped up and didn’t just give her dinner, but bought her a new bike.

Two Deputies bought one little girl who's bike was stolen bought her a new one with their own money
Two Deputies bought one little girl who’s bike was stolen bought her a new one with their own money

She came back to today with treats, thanks, and a message.

“It makes me want to give other people bikes that don’t have any because I felt really really bad not having a bike,” smiled Jody.

In all Effingham County Sheriff’s gave away a dozen turkeys and trimmings to families from around the County.

They say it was so successful, Sheriff’s may make it an annual tradition.

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