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Towns County Sheriff encourages participation in Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes fundraiser

The following information is provided by Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton

On Friday, June 6th, we will have our 6th annual fundraiser for the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes. The purpose of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is, in the words of the Sheriffs’ Association, “to give our state’s most at-risk children the love, safety, and structure needed to become mature, successful adults.

The Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes grew out of a concern that the Sheriffs of Georgia have for abused and neglected children. During the 1950’s the sheriffs noticed that this was a growing problem across the state and began to consider ways to make a difference in the lives of these children who, through no fault of their own, had become victims of abuse and neglect. The sheriffs considered this project vital for these children and for our state.

In 1960 Georgia’s Sheriffs were able to open the first Georgia Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch near Hahira, Georgia. The Boys Ranch provided children an opportunity to learn “strong moral values, religious awareness, personal responsibility, teamwork and acceptance of authority, as well as how to overcome adversity” (Georgia Sheriffs’). This first campus was only the start of a vision that would continue to grow. Today there are four additional campuses that provide a nurturing atmosphere for boys and girls placed strategically across the state.

I believe that the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes provides opportunities for children to succeed. I believe that children deserve to be given a chance to become productive, successful, law abiding citizens. To me the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is providing these children the opportunities that our nation’s founders dreamed would be available to all children. Children in the Youth Homes learn that they are able to overcome their difficulties and that if they work for it, they can obtain a better life for themselves. I think that our children deserve to be given a chance to succeed. This is why I continue to support the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes.

On Friday, June 6, 2014 the Chatuge Gun Club and I will be hosting our 6th annual fundraiser. Along with our traditional trap shooting there will be a turkey shoot this year. There will be food, raffles and door prizes. All the proceeds go directly to benefit the children of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes and because the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is a public charity, any donation to the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes qualifies for the highest tax deduction allowed by law.

You do not have to participate in the trap shoot to participate in the other events of the day. Please come out and join us as we have a great time and raise money for a great cause.

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