Effingham County Sheriff’s Office offers Thanksgiving surprise

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Deputies take part in annual Thanksgiving tradition by surprising citizens with turkeys and trimmings

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (WSAV) – The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office is getting into the giving spirit through door to door kindness.

On Tuesday, deputies visited families around the county with a little help and big turkey for those in need.

The surprise donations touched a number of families, even bringing one mom to tears.

“Me and my kids have been homeless. We’ve been swindled twice and we lost everything. We were just talking about it we didn’t know what we were going to do,” she said.

The donations weren’t just brought to homes. Deputies pulled some cars over to make the turkey deliveries — which didn’t always come as a surprise.

“You know what, you all are trying to give me a turkey,” said one driver.

But the sentiment still means even more than the meal.

“You just never know what someone may be experiencing,” said Effingham County Deputy Chauncey Blige. “A lot of us go through a lot and sometimes we cover it up. When God allows a door to be opened and bless someone I am glad to be part of this opportunity.”

The opportunity allowed deputies to make a difference for another family stopped at a local gas station. They got a turkey and so much more.

“I’ve been out of work for a month and a half,” the turkey recipient said, adding that it’ll help feed their family.

In all, deputies handed out 25 turkeys and all the trimmings to needy families in the area.

Some of those from their homes; some from those random traffic stops.

Everyone says this has become an annual tradition that deputies clamor to be part of just to give back a little something extra during the holidays.

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