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Santa Stradley Christmas Giveaway in Comanche Co.

COMANCHE CO., Okla_ The Comanche County Sheriff's Office is bringing some Christmas cheer to families in need. Sheriff Kenny Stradley has been Santa's little helper the last few days.

He has delivered not only toys, but Christmas hams and gift cards to around 200 people, all which have been donated by people in the community. Wednesday, the sheriff finished his rounds in the Elgin area. He has been doing this for 25 years now. He said it is nice to take step back help the people, and he hopes it not only leaves a lasting impression on the parents, but also the children.

He said the first few years when he started this, the people answering the door were a little caught off guard to see the sheriff delivering toys instead of warrants.

"When we first started out, we would hear the back door slam when we were knocking on the front door," Stradley said. "Some people would be taking off, because they thought the law was there for another reason, not to be giving them something. So, this has really surprised people of the years.  We want them to know we really care about them to by going out and doing this." 

He said it's nice to take a step from fighting crime to help the community.

"We work fast all the time, diligently all year long," Stradley said. "When it comes to this, it sort of slows you down and makes you stop and think, ‘It is really neat to help others.'"

The weeks leading up to the deliveries, the sheriff's department said donations were low, but a few elves came together to help Santa Stradley.

"The last three or four days picked back up," Stradley said. "We were hitting a low spot there with not a whole lot of money, but now people come in. One guy came in and gave us $1,000."

The sheriff said after seeing this, people are bound to call asking for help. It's hard for the sheriff to deny them, even with the supplies getting low. If you would like to be one of those helpers and donate to the department, they take toy and money donations year round.




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