Foster Grandparents Get Donation From The Sheriff

It is that time once again!  Sheriff Jayson Richardson has gathered some bearded deputies together to present a donation to a local charity, here in DeSoto Parish!  Over the last three months, deputies who want to grow out their whiskers can donate money that will in turn be given to a local charity of the Sheriff’s choosing.  This month, Sheriff Richardson was able to provide the Foster Grandparents of DeSoto Parish with a $1,000 donation!

For those that aren’t familiar with what Foster Grandparents of DeSoto do, we’d love to explain it to you.  Our local Foster Grandparents seek out seniors in the community, 55 years and older, to pair them with children in our school system who may need a little extra confidence or praise in the classroom.  Schools will reach out to the Foster Grandparents when a special need arises in the classroom, and they will come out and offer a more one-on-one approach to learning, while following the direction of the teacher as well.  This volunteer program keeps our Seniors active, and full of purpose, while helping the children of our community!  Our local Foster Grandparents serve all of our local schools!  They are a national program offered right here in DeSoto Parish and are hugely successful in their efforts to bring the community together.   If you are 55 or older and would like to become a Foster Grandparent yourself, you may reach out to Mrs. Maidie McCray, Asst. Director and Coordinator, at (318) 732-6938.  She says they would love to have more volunteers for this great service.

Pictured are Mrs. Maidie McCray accepting the $1,000 donation from Sheriff Jayson Richardson, accompanied by members of the Foster Grandparents program and bearded participants with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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