BY BRUCE BRANUM
The Greenville Standard
The Butler County Sheriff’s Posse (BCSP) recently gave a significant and sizeable Christmas gift to the Butler County Children’s Advocacy Center, also known as Safe Harbor of Greenville.
Claire Corley, executive director and outreach coordinator of Safe Harbor, said, “This is such a blessing at this time of year. It’s such an amazing gift and really shows the community’s outpouring of love this Christmas.”
She added, “Safe Harbor conducts forensic interviews for children who allege any kind of abuse or harm or neglect. We also provide counseling for abuse, behavioral and grief issues and we help with court preparation for criminal cases working with law enforcement agencies, DHR and the District Attorney’s office. These gifts are going to children who have assigned a counselor with us or to families who are struggling.”
BCSP president Charles Thomas said, “Last year, the Posse raised $5,000 in funds, and this year we were able to match the same amount. This year was a challenge due to COVID-19.
“We would like to thank the citizens of Butler and the surrounding counties that gave on our collection days on Nov. 14 and Nov. 28.
He added, “We would also like to take this time and thank the businesses that also gave to make this happen. We are sorry for any inconvenience that we may have caused but it was worth all of it for the kids.
Businesses that made donations were: Camellia Collision Center, Top to Bottom Paint and Body, Heath Hendrick Motor Company, ASE Credit Union, Custom Clocks, Purvis Signs, First Assembly of God, Express Roofing, Butler ATV and Auto, C&K Auto, and Walmart.
Thomas also thanked the Dollar General Stores and Tractor Supply for letting the BCSP place collection boxes in their businesses this time of year.
Thomas also added, “The donations of money and toys equaled about $13,000 this year. This is the fourth year that the Butler County Sheriff’s Posse has worked with Safe Harbor and hopes the overflow of gifts help DHR in a way that benefits their needy families.
“We hope this continues for many years to come and the Butler County Sheriff’s Posse hopes that all of the children and families that Safe Harbor helps have a Merry Christmas.”