Bunnell, FL – A Flagler Beach boy uses his allowance to make it a good Christmas for Flagler County deputies, and some of those deputies turned that gift around to benefit children in need.
11-year-old Jeffrey Fouts (left alongside Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly) donated $150 in gift cards to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office as a tribute to his father, who was a deputy with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office (Tennessee) before he passed away a few weeks before Christmas in 2011.
“As December drew near, he asked his mother to take him to purchase gift cards so that he could give them to the local deputies,” Kershaw added. “Arrangements were made for Jeffrey to present the gift cards to Sheriff Staly on Friday (December 7th), just before the annual Christmas with a Deputy event.”
Staly decided to include Foust as one of the children in that event, which allows underprivileged kids the chance to go holiday shopping alongside a FCSO deputy.
“This young man has had to endure so much pain at such a young age, but you can see his strength and drive to overcome the loss of his father and carry on his father’s tradition of service to community,” Staly noted. “The world could use more young men like Jeffrey. I am proud of him and we are so appreciative of his kind gesture to the Sheriff’s Office this holiday season.”
$50 worth of gift cards went to various deputies, while the remainder went to supervisors. Many of them chose to use that money for the child assigned to them during the Christmas with a Deputy event, per Kershaw.
Fouts (in shopping cart) with FCSO Commander Phil Reynolds