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February 8, 2014

Fourth annual ‘Sock’ drive deemed a success

TIFTON — The fourth annual “Sock It to ‘em With Love” sock drive was a big success this weekend with several local organizations and residents joining together to help.

Tift County Commissioner Melissa Chevers, who presides over the project, partnered with Amerigroup Real Solutions to host the sock giveaway, which was held Saturday afternoon at Copeland Park on Southern Avenue.

Chevers said 120 children, compared to last year’s 75, came out and received free, donated socks, while also enjoying food, music, face painting, vendors and a giveaway.

She thanked the many volunteers who helped and contributed, including Tift Regional Outreach and McDonald’s for providing food, and Justin Miller and Zen Johnson for cooking the food; T. Roy for providing music; Alicia Hardy with Amerigroup, Yolunda Lewis with the Tift County Health Department, Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter Director Regenia Wells and Hoy (the shelter’s bulldog) and the Tift County Sheriff’s Office for being vendors; Carlos Brad Graham with a local thrift store for donating slippers; Gwen Turner for doing the face painting; an Eighth Street Middle School coach for bringing donated coats; Tift County Commissioner Sherry Miley for donating socks; Debra Jackson with the Tifton Housing Authority; and locals Tanette Thomas and Elaine Prince for transporting more than 80 children to and from the event.

Chevers, thrilled with the outcome and overwhelming support, also thanked lead volunteer Sharon Johnson Mathis.

“She made sure the whole sock giveaway ran smoothly,” she said.

Chevers says she’s looking forward to next year’s sock drive.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

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