The Hampton Sheriff’s Office makes efforts each year to promote the spirit of the holiday season throughout the Hampton community. Sheriff B.J. Roberts and his staff make special efforts to support and assist the senior community during the holiday season. Oftentimes senior citizens are forgotten during the busy holiday season with so much focus on children and young adults.
Each year Sheriff B.J. Roberts sponsors a shopping trip for senior citizens who need transportation and a little extra attention in a very busy mall during the Christmas season. The Sheriff’s Office transport bus, which was seasonally decorated, took seniors from the Hampton Senior Center to Hampton’s Coliseum Mall to make their holiday purchases. Many seniors feel uncomfortable shopping alone in a busy mall during the holiday season. Laughter and smiles were aplenty as deputies carried packages while escorting seniors from store to store. JCPenney Store Manager, Darrell Nagy greeted the seniors with gift packages from his store. After a day of shopping, deputies escorted the senior group to the food court for a complimentary lunch provided by the Hampton Sheriff’s Office. The bus was filled with praise and gratitude on the return trip to the Senior Center.
The Hampton Sheriff’s Office also partnered with Home Instead Senior Care, Peninsula Agency on Aging and Hampton Parks and Recreation to add a little joy and bring smiles to nearly 50 Hampton seniors in December. Sheriff B.J. Roberts and his staff assisted Hollie Krance, Home Instead Senior Care owner, and her staff with wrapping and the presentation of holiday gifts to seniors at the Hampton Senior Center. Ms. Krance was able to present several gifts to each of the seniors through the “Be a Santa to a Senior” drive. The drive ensures that seniors are not forgotten during the holiday.
Finally the Hampton Sheriff’s Office deputies worked a ten-hour shift ringing the bell at Hampton’s Coliseum Mall for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Christmas Campaign. Each year Hampton deputies volunteer their time to man stations around the city. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season. Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need