BY GENA HUFF, Editor
Local Carrollton police officer, Sergeant Jamie Doss, has been taking kids from the Head Start program in Carrollton shopping for Christmas the past two years. Doss, a native of Reform and 2000 graduate of Pickens County High School, understands what it is to be in these children’s shoes. “I grew up kind of poor,” said Doss. “My mom was a single mom of three. The reason I do this is because I know what it’s like growing up and not having something for Christmas. I decided a long time ago, as long as I’m working and can afford it – because I’ve got four kids of my own – I would give back.”
The children, who range in age from three to five years old, are selected by their teacher and their social worker. “This year Vanessa Hopkins told me it would be 14 (children),” said Doss. “She wanted me to take one from each class. I don’t get involved with picking the kids. That would be a big mess. They pick the one that may need a coat, or they mark the ones coming in throughout the year that need the most help.”
The program, called “Shop with a Cop,” is a big hit with the kids. The children pick out toys and Doss makes sure all the kids receive a coat, underwear, socks, and t-shirts. “The boys pick guns, footballs, one kid this year picked a toy chainsaw,” said Doss. “Girls want dolls and pretty clothes.”
“The girls are a whole lot better than the boys are,” Doss laughed. “They get more stuff for their money. The guys have about five toys and the girls have about 15 items in the buggy.”
See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.