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15 Year Long Partnership Brings Christmas Gifts to Inmates’ Children

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s deputies are delivering hundreds of toys and bicycles to the children of inmates incarcerated at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center. The gifts are made possible through a partnership with the Church of the Assumption in Franklin and Sheriff Mark Hebert. Deputies at the parish jail collect names, addresses, and Christmas wish lists from inmates’ for their children. Members of Church of the Assumption generously fill the wish lists and organize the gifts for delivery. Last week, Sheriff’s deputies began distributing the toys and bikes to the parents and guardians of inmates’ children across the parish. Sheriff Hebert and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Church of the Assumption advent giving program for the past 15 years. This year, the church and sheriff’s office helped bring Christmas joy to 274 children.

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From left to right: Major Scott Anslum, Reverend Father Lloyd Francis Benoit, Jr., and Sheriff Mark Hebert

Parishioners donated hundreds of toys that are going to children on behalf of the inmates who may not otherwise be able to provide the gifts. Joining in with church members two of the Sheriff’s Office division commanders along with members of the Marine Division made a shopping trip to Walmart in Franklin to personally fill two last Christmas lists.

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Captain John Kahl, Jr. and SO Marine Division’s Lt. Bart Lange


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Walmart employee Ms. Darlene, Mjr. Anslum, Walmart employee Mr. Michael, and SO Marine Division’s Lt. Ross Mire

 Afterwards, deputies delivered the toys to families across the parish.


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SMPSO Supporter and Volunteer Paula Jenkins with SO Warrants Division Captain Gail McDaniel delivering toys


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Detective Jeremy Greene


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Kahl visiting with one of the kids who received the gifts


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Kahl and Mire loading up the toys at Church of the Assumption to be delivered


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Anslum, Greene, Mire, and Kahl loading up the toys at Church of the Assumption to be delivered


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McDaniel, CFO Michelle Chauvin, Ms. Comeaux with the Church of Assumption, and Jenkins organizing and loading toys for delivery






Traci Landry

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office

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