Benton 4-H club donates gifts to first responders

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Photo by Allen JM Smith, Bossier Sheriff’s Office | Benton 4-H Club donates gift bags to deputies. From l-r: Detective Chad Madden, Londa Croall, Emily Croall, Levi Woods, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington, Luke Ward, Che Lopez and Captain Corky Bridges.

Benton Elementary 4th – and 5th-grade 4-H Club members collected snacks, water, candy, treats and other gifts, packed them in  more than 120 bags and presented them to area first responders.

4HlogoBossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said, “The 4-H club is a wonderful program that teaches children the spirit of good citizenship.  We really appreciate the thoughtfulness of these children and their kindness shown to the Bossier Sheriff’s Office through giving these gift bags.”

The 80 club members collected the gifts from all the students at Benton Elementary School over the past few weeks.  They presented them not only to the Bossier Sheriff’s deputies but also to the 911 staff, Benton Fire and Police departments and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Londa Croall, Benton Elementary 4-H Club leader, said, “Our kids learned community service and that is a big part of 4-H.  We wanted to thank the first responders by giving them these bags.”    Makenzie Chaffin, an 8th-grader at Benton Middle School, also helped collect items at the middle school.