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St. Mary Parish deputies, church deliver Christmas gifts to inmates' children

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St. Mary Parish Sheriff's deputies delivered dozens of toys provided by the parishioners of the Church of the Assumption in Franklin Tuesday morning to help spread Christmas joy to children of inmates in St. Mary Parish. 

The sheriff's office collects names, addresses, and wish lists of inmates' children, according to Traci Landry, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.  Parishioners of the church fill the wish lists and take on the task of organizing and packaging the gifts for delivery. The deputies load and distribute the toys and bicycles to the parents and guardians of the children across the parish.

The program began under former Sheriff David Naquin. The partnership with the church was initiated and coordinated by Sheriff Mark Hebert who, at the time, served as warden of the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center. Chief Deputy Scott Anslum says he looks forward to continuing the partnership when he takes office in 2018 upon Sheriff Hebert's retirement. 

The gifts are made possible through an ongoing 17-year partnership between the Sheriff's Office and the church.

From left to right are Det Jeremy Greene, Sgt Michael Arceneaux, Maj Gail McDaniel, Det Kim Cudd, Reverend Father Lloyd Francis Benoit, Jr., Capt Beau Martin, Chief Dep Scott Anslum, Chief of Staff Gary Driskell, Maj John Kahl, Jr., Lt Bart Lange, Lt Nick Rogers, and Det Lt Ross Mire.

Detective Kim Cudd making the list for deliveries.

Lt Nick Rogers loading presents.           

Maj John Kahl Jr. & Sgt Michael Arceneaux load presents.

Retired Franklin City Marshal David McCoy joins Sheriff’s office Chief Deputy Scott Anslum to deliver toys.

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