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Detention center busy during holiday season

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The holidays are a busy time for the Carroll County Detention Center and Jailer Mike Humphrey.

Humphrey and the detention center organize three holiday events for the Carroll County community.

 On Saturday, Dec. 17 at the National Guard Armory, the center hosts a Christmas dinner for the senior citizens in Carroll County. Food is donated from the Carroll County Fiscal Court, local churches and organizations and prepared by the jail. Volunteers enjoy helping serve the dinner.

“This dinner is very important to me and the jail,” Humphrey said. “There are plenty of activities and events for the younger people in Carroll County, but there isn’t much to do for Senior Citizens,” Humphrey said. “That is why it’s so important to me that we put on this dinner, so these senior citizens can have someone to share Christmas Dinner with also.”

“We also give a gift to each senior at the dinner,” he said.“Whether it is a coffee mug or toaster oven, they don’t go home empty-handed.”

 The detention center also hosts a Thanksgiving dinner every year that is just as successful as the Christmas dinner. Usually food is donated by food companies but because of the economy less has been coming from the food companies and more has been coming from the citizens and churches of Carroll County. Volunteers also help prepare and serve the Thanksgiving dinner.

 The final event the detention center supports is the Shop with a Cop program. This year the Carrollton Police Department and detention center deputies will take 53 children to local stores around the county to pick out Christmas gifts.

 “This is a great program to help the needy families in Carroll County to make sure everyone has gifts on Christmas morning, we help the police department with this program in any way we can,” Humphrey said. 

The Shop with a  Cop program was held on Thursday, Dec. 15.