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‘It’s a blessing’: Lynchburg Sheriff’s Office delivers Thanksgiving meals to families in need

22 families received turkey and all the fixings

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Lynchburg Sheriff’s Office delivered 22 boxes of turkeys and fixings to those in need this Thanksgiving.

“It’s a blessing. It really is a blessing this year,” said Amanda Cody, who received a meal.

“That’s actually going to help a lot,” said Faith Coffield, who also received a visit from the department.

Sheriff Don Sloan said it’s their way of strengthening the relationship with the community.

“Together helps us break down barriers. And we just want the city of Lynchburg to know, especially our citizens, that every member of our office cares for our community,” Sloan said.

The Sheriff’s Office usually invites residents for a sit-down Thanksgiving meal, while also working with local schools and churches to identify which families to deliver food to.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they canceled the sit down meal and opened the search to the families of school faculty members and staff.

Louise Mitchell is a custodian at Paul Munro Elementary and takes care of her elderly mother.

“I said, ‘Oh my God.’ I would never have thought that I’d be selected for anything,” Mitchell said.

Without the Sheriff’s Office, she would not have had a traditional Thanksgiving.

“No, no, no. It probably would’ve been some ribs or something. It wouldn’t have been no turkey,” Mitchell said.


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