SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Spartanburg County deputies spread good tidings during the annual “Shop with the Sheriff” event on Tuesday for children who have experienced violent crimes.
Ten children were taken through the Walmart in Boiling Springs at 10 a.m. to purchase items on Tuesday.
Each child received a $250 Walmart gift card, and a helping hand to push their shopping cart, which deputies said they were more than willing to offer.
The annual event is hosted by Spartanburg County and organized by the Office of Victim Assistance.
Officials said the children who participate in this program have been affected by crime, were recommended by a Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputy, or are a part of the Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver program.
“These kids that we’re shopping for are more resilient than any kids I’ve ever known,” said Sheriff Chuck Wright, Spartanburg County Sheriff. “They’re victims of a violent crime because the last time they saw us, somebody in their family was either dead or hurt really bad or themselves, and we want them to see that we go home and are upset about what happens too.”
The event is sponsored by Walmart.