Sheriff's Deputy spends his money on toys, spurs collection


Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Barry Stevenson

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky - More than half of the calls Sheriff Jon Hayden's department responds to, he says, involve children. Often, deputies try and break the ice with those children and brighten an otherwise grim situation with a stuffed animal or coloring book.

Now, Hayden says, "We have some 'Junior Deputy' stickers we hand out."

For weeks, there has been little else, "As tight as the funding has been over the past few years, this is something that's been increasingly difficult to provide to the deputies."

Deputy Zane White was dispatched to a call just a few weeks ago, but had nothing in his trunk. So, he took five dollars and gave it to the children's grandmother, asking her to buy the kids something. The grateful grandmother sent a letter to the Sheriff, praising the act and the story soon went viral.

McCracken County's Property Value Administrator, Nancy Bock logged onto Facebook, determined to meet the need. In the past week, she says donations have poured in.

"They're out their everyday risking their lives for us and if we could do this to at least help them help the children, then I think it's a great project."

"It makes all the difference in the world to have something to make them feel better about the situation they're in," Hayden said, adding he was grateful for Bock's willingness to help.

Bock has collected stickers, crayons, coloring books, and stuffed animals. Those interested in helping can drop off donations at the McCracken County Sheriff's Department or across the street at the PVA.