November 26, 2020

2nd Annual Charity Basketball Game

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(Franklin) — On Friday, December 18, 2015, the 2nd Annual Charity Basketball Game was held at the Heard County High School.

This event was created and spearheaded by Lt. Tino Brooks with the Franklin Police Department.

Lt. Brooks started this event in 2014 and organized two teams; one consists of faculty & staff of the Heard County High School vs. public safety employees consisting of players from the Franklin Police Dept., Heard County Fire/EMS and the Heard County Sheriff’s Office.

Congratulations go out again to the Heard County High School faculty & staff for their second win.

There is no cost to attend the game, we just ask for the donation of a new, unwrapped toy, can food items or a monetary donation.

For years the Heard County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Heard County DFACS have been providing Christmas gifts to needy children.

There is a screening process where applicants fill out a request through DFACS where they are verified to receive assistance.  The parent(s)/guardian(s) are then able to list several toys along with clothing and shoe sizes for each child.

With the generous monetary donations received by the Sheriff’s Office, employees and volunteers shop for these 200+ children each year.

“There is so much fun and comradery between the two teams. I believe the spectators enjoy the game as much, if not more than the players. I would like to thank all who participated and donated to the worthwhile cause,” stated Lt. Tino Brooks.

“This year we collected numerous toys and canned food items and collected more than one thousand dollars in monetary donations. I would like to send out a very special thank you to Michelle Moody-Pilkenton of Newnan, GA for her generosity. I would also like to personally thank KM&J and Store to Door Pizza who both donated gift certificates that were given out at half-time.”

“And a thank you to Keith Lewis, Kristen Chaffin, Aaliyah Rutledge and Edna Goss for volunteering their time to make this a successful event. I am happy to report that we had a much larger crowd at this game than last year’s and I hope next year’s event only grows,” added Brooks.

“I am proud to be a part of the fundraiser headed by Lt. Brooks and also the Secret Santa program at the Sheriff’s Office. I have had the opportunity to shop with Sheriff’s Office employees and to package up and deliver the toys/clothing,” said Franklin Police Chief Kevin Hannah. “It’s a great feeling to know that these children will have a fun and exciting Christmas. I, to, would like to thank everyone who makes these events possible every year.”

“First, I would like to thank Lt. Tino Brooks for his support in creating this event and the hard work he puts into it each year. I also want to thank the players-public safety and HCHS staff for participating and donating their time to play. We do plan to make it an annual tournament between public safety and HCHS faculty,” added Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry.

“There are so many individuals, businesses, schools and churches that make our yearly toy drive and Secret Santa program such a success. I do want to THANK each and every one of you including my staff and the volunteers for all your donations, hard work and support of this program. Without all of you, we would not be able to bring smiles to these children’s faces on Christmas morning each year.”

From the Franklin Police Department and the Heard County Sheriff’s Office – We wish you all a very safe and Happy Holiday Season!

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