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Woman starts hand warmer donation for sheriff’s office
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A box for the donation of hand warmers sits at the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office north precinct. Deputies can grab the hand warmers before going out on patrol in cold weather. - photo by Kelly Whitmire

Working in law enforcement is tough, but a local resident is trying to make it a little easier for those on patrol.

Forsyth County resident Sharon Briggs has set up collection boxes for hand warmers at the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office’s north precinct at 2310 Keith Bridge Road and south precinct on 2985 Ronald Reagan Boulevard. 

“[We] just wanted to find something more that would help them on the daily basis and finally it came out and someone said, ‘you know what, they would really appreciate hand warmers to put in their gloves or some put it under their shirts,’” Briggs said.

Briggs said her neighborhood collected about 100 for their first delivery and wants to see others make similar donations.

“Our subdivision donated quite a few to the north, but this is something that is ongoing,” she said. “Of course, we have cold snaps probably for a couple more months.”

She said the neighborhood had previously purchased Christmas trees in recent years to be placed at the north precinct and were looking for a new project. 

“We were trying to find a project, find some way which we could support our local police and show our appreciation for everything they do,” Briggs said. 

Once the weather goes from cold to hot, Briggs said she has another project in mind. 

“If this hand warmer idea catches on, we’d like to expand it to, when weather gets warmer: bottled water,” she said.

Briggs said it could be tough to get deputies to say what they needed but she wanted to continue projects to help them out.

“It’s just looking for ways of showing, ‘hey, we have such a wonderful sheriff’s office and the men and women do so much for us,’” Briggs said. “I always want to show my appreciation and gratitude and support for what they do.”

Donations can also be made at 9570 Eagles Landing Drive in a box on the front porch.