Coffee County Middle School Student Council recently collected toys for area court diversion programs. About 45 toys were donated this December.
“We’re working to make sure that our families in need have Christmas,” Safe Baby Court Coordinator Barrera said.
Court diversion programs consist of several divisions, Family Treatment Court, Recovery (Drug) Court, Veterans Court, Mental Health Court and Safe Baby Court. They offer the court system alternatives to incarceration for certain offenders.
“We work to reunite families and most of our families start with nothing,” Barrera said.
“Our parents work so hard, a lot of them for minimum wage, and are struggling to feed their families, let alone buy Christmas presents. We decided to help,” she said.
All together in Coffee County, the divergence courts serve well over 100 families.
Recently added to the programs were food and clothing pantries that feed about 60 families a week in addition to the toy drive.
This year the school’s resource officer, Laura Nettles suggested their annual toy drive go the new Safe Baby Court.
Student Council usually coordinates its collections with Nettles for former Sheriff Steve Graves’ toy drive.
“This year I contacted the Safe Baby Court and they were in need of toys,” Nettles said.
The Student Council wanted a way to help at Christmastime,” added Jackie Richards, Student Council adviser.