Perhaps, they can best be described as the “elves in green”. Walton County Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. and his executive staff along with other volunteers spent several hours pushing shopping carts through the aisles at the DeFuniak Springs Wal-Mart. The goal is to make Christmas for more than two-hundred underprivileged children across Walton County.
It’s all part of the Sheriff’s Office annual “Santa Patrol” fundraising drive. During the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930’s, it will be an extremely tough Holiday Season for hundreds of families in Walton County. Sheriff’s Office Citizens Service Commander, Lt. Eddie Farris, says “it’s a heart warming experience to see the generosity displayed by area businesses and individuals in order to make sure each child receives a gift under the tree this Christmas”.
Lt. Farris says “with so many parents having to cut back on household expenses, the children are often the ones who suffer the most”. Sheriff Adkinson along with his staff was each given the names of children and their wish lists for presents. Wal-Mart store manager Chris Wilcox says “the Walton County Santa Patrol has been a top priority for himself and his store associates.” He adds, “The spirit of giving back to the community was an important philosophy of Wal-Mart Founder, the “late” Sam Walton.”
Sheriff Adkinson says “that spirit of giving can be found everywhere in the hearts of Walton County residents’, and that spirit of giving is the true meaning of the Christmas Season.”