In November of 2021, Sheriff Jayson Richardson started a program within the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office that would allow for Deputies to grow out their beards for a small donation. Thus far, over $15,000 has been donated to different non-profits that have been highlighted to the public each month.
The May donation is very special. Earlier this year, North DeSoto Elementary student, Mason Lee Chandler, tragically passed away due to an unforeseen medical issue. A project was created in his memory to raise money to implement an additional piece of playground equipment at the school, in memory of Mason.
Sheriff Richardson along with a few bearded deputies visited North DeSoto Lower Elementary to present $1,400 to this wonderful cause. The Sheriff said, “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Mason’s family, friends, and faculty as we all work together to highlight Mason, in a very meaningful way.”
Accompanying Richardson were PIO Mark Pierce, NDLE Principal Russell Tabor, Detective Russ Jones, and Patrol Deputy Trey Williams.