The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is doing what it can to bring some holiday cheer to county residents now that Christmas is just around the corner.  On Saturday, Dec. 10, for instance, department staff was in downtown High Point giving away a lot of food to those who need it.

The Department’s Re-entry Program hosted the food giveaway to help local people and families who don’t have enough to eat during the holiday season.

The Sheriff’s Department hosted a canned food drive in November. During that drive, department employees alone donated or collected 7,475 canned food items. Those, plus cans from other donors, were used for the Saturday morning food giveaway at 211 S. Centennial St. in High Point,

Each of the food boxes that were distributed at the giveaway could feed a small family for up to about a week.

The “Season of Sharing Food Drive” allowed people to either drive thru or walk up to collect the food.

In light of often strained relationships between law enforcement officers and the public in many parts of the country, in recent years sheriff’s departments and police departments have been taking action to establish better relationships with the people in the community.  The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department, for instance, has hosted food giveaways, safety events, citizen’s classes to better inform people about department procedures, and group discussions on the use of force.

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is also doing something for the county’s needy kids this December with its “Fill the Bus” campaign – another act that helps connect the officers with the people in the community.

There’s a bus parked in front of the Sheriff’s Department headquarters – the Otto Zenke building at 400 W. Washington St. in downtown Greensboro – and officers are asking the public to fill that bus up with donated toys so that kids in need will have some presents this holiday season.

Toys will be collected Monday, Dec. 12 through Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4  p.m.