Volunteers on Christmas weekend took time out of their holiday schedules to hit the streets of Forsyth County and collect donations for injured Deputy Rod Reeves.
Cpl. Pete Sabella of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said the bucket drive went better than they had expected.
“It went fantastic,” Sabella said. “The amount of support that was shown from the community was amazing.”
Sabella was one of 60 volunteers that stood in the streets and parking lots of Forsyth County to help raise money for the injured deputy.
“We had people all over the place, but one of the great things was how businesses in the area let us stand outside and ask their customers for donations,” Sabella said.
He said people doing last-minute Christmas shopping were happy to give to the cause and share a friendly word with volunteers.
One volunteer, Forsyth County Coroner Lauren McDonald, came out to the event with his sons.
“It was fun to see the smiles on people’s faces,” said McDonald, who was stationed at the intersection of Market Place Boulevard and Highway 20 with seven other volunteers.
He added that the event was also a good teaching experience for his boys.
“It was a great experience for them to see how giving this community is,” he said.
“We continue to be surprised with the support that the community gives,” said Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman, who spent time with McDonald at the Market Place Boulevard intersection.
“We hoped to make [$5,000] or $10,000 but did well above that,” he said
Freeman said that beyond giving change and cash while waiting in traffic, many people from the public showed up to the sheriff’s office with gifts and presents for Deputy Reeves.
“I visited with him on Christmas Day and they were just in awe of what the community did,” Freeman.
Reeves was injured while enforcing traffic along Ga. 400, when his patrol car was struck from behind by a suspected DUI driver in November.
According to Freeman and Sabella, Reeves doing well, but still has a long recovery ahead of him.