Gifts for inmates’ children
St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s deputies recently delivered dozens of toys to inmates’ children. The gifts were made possible through a partnership with the Church of the Assumption in Franklin. The sheriff’s office collected names, addresses and wish lists of inmates’ children. Parishioners of the Church of the Assumption fulfilled those wish lists and took on the task of organizing and packaging the gifts for delivery. Sheriff’s deputies loaded and distributed the toys and bicycles to the parents and guardians of inmates’ children across the parish. The sheriff’s office has partnered with the Church of the Assumption Advent giving program for the past 13 years and this year helped bring Christmas joy to children in 30 households across St. Mary Parish. At top is Sheriff Mark Hebert and Fr. Lloyd Benoit; below, deputies organize and load up gifts for delivery. Center photo, from left are Sgt. Claire May and Lt. Oscar West staging toys and bikes while Lt. Carolyn Cage, assistant warden at the St. Mary Law Enforcement Center, oversees the operation. At bottom from left, Cpls. Jeremy Landry and Neal Eschete load up the toys to be delivered.