FORSYTH COUNTY -- Three Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputies recently brought a community together with the speed of the internet to help two children he saw were in need.
Deputies Justin Voss, Patrick Tippens and Candice Belafi came in contact with two kids while responding to a call, and it “became clear that this family needed some help.”
“We noticed they were in need of some basic necessities,” said Voss, who has been with the sheriff’s office all five of his years in law enforcement.
So the deputies took to the internet to ask for donations on community social media pages.
“I posted it, and within minutes people were writing me back, and it was overwhelming,” Voss said. “More than 100 people messaged me wanting to help out.”
In the span of one weekend, they received toys, new bicycles, bedding, helmets, school supplies and cash donations to buy more for the young boy and girl siblings.
They drove around to houses to collect items and had donations dropped off at precincts throughout Forsyth County.
Voss said the influx of community support was “immediate.”
“We touched base with the parents and gifted all that to the children,” he said. “They were in awe, as you could imagine.”
He said the little girl said it was “like Christmas.”
“A lot of us know there are needy kids and needy families in our community, but it’s one thing to get called out to their house and see them living in that environment without the basic necessities that most kids have, without the basic necessities that my kids have,” Voss said. “It brings a certain level of realism to it. You look it in the face, and you have a decision to make.”