Local Highway Patrol troopers enjoyed filling up baskets with toys such as tractors, Transformers, Legos, dolls and Pokemon.
The Sampson County branch (Troop B, District 2) took 16 children shopping for the holiday season. Clothing items were purchased first. Next, it was the toy section. Children were selected after letters were sent to local elementary schools and guidance counselors contacted Tina Byrd, the station’s office assistant, with suggestions. Byrd was assisted by Trooper Evelyn Campos.
First Sgt. David Kinlaw was grateful to participants, sponsors and donors from a golf tournament held in June. Those funds went towards helping fellow residents.
“It’s our way of giving back to the community,” he said. “It’s something we look forward to every Christmas.”
The golf tournament began in 1989 to honor deceased Trooper Randy Ward. It began to help less fortunate children and became more popular. Along with the Christmas shopping, troopers were able to add funds for scholarships for students attending Sampson Community College.
Kinlaw assisted with plans for the golf tournament. Trooper Chris Strickland collected funds for the tournament. In 2015, he was helped by Sgt. Bryan Smith. Kinlaw said the events builds a rapport with the community by helping needy families.
“Especially this year, with the hurricane and flooding and people losing their homes, it’s good that we can have something like this,” Kinlaw said about giving back to the community. “It helps the people who are less fortunate and makes their Christmas a little bit brighter.”
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