SHAMILAR — Okaloosa County’s award-winning Youth Services Division undertook multiple projects this holiday season to try to spread cheer to students near and far.
School resource officers took part in their annual Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Angel Tree project to supply gifts to local underprivileged students, but also spearheaded a special “Hoodies for Hope” drive to benefit students of the Bay County School District severely impacted by Hurricane Michael in October.
With the cooperation of their schools’ students, staff and parents, they collected about 1,000 hoodies and jackets, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, they also gathered nearly 500 coats for kids as part of the Okaloosa/Walton United Way Coat Drive.
The school resource officers became involved in the Emerald Coast Hospice Tiny Tree project that the Sheriff’s Office participates in each year. They handed out about five dozen trees at local schools to get assistance from staff and students in decorating them, the release said.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank to all who contributed, and give a special shout-out to Fort Walton Beach High School, which decorated nearly 40 of the special Christmas trees for local Hospice patients.