Seminole County

Seminole County sheriff’s office helps kids get back to school with ‘shop with sheriff’ event

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Inflation has taken its toll on just about all aspects of life, including back to school. Families, already on a budget, are feeling it the most.

This school year the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office is doing its best to make a difference.

On Monday, the sheriff’s office had its 18th annual “shop with the sheriff” back-to-school event at a Walmart in Sanford.

For the last two years, the event was done virtually.


“There’s something healthy and feels good. When you get people together, it’s that kind of bonding experience,” said Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma.

Volunteers were on hand to help kids with their shopping.

“I have four little ones with me,” said volunteer June Aldridge. “They each come with a list from their parents of what they like.”

Students purchased things like clothes and shoes, and said they are excited for the first day of school.

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“I’m going to feel very good,” said student Armani Tucker.

“It’s super fun and I want to wear new clothes for school,” said student Zakyra Godwin.

About two weeks ago, most children that were at Tuesday’s event received a free backpack full of supplies donated by the sheriff’s office and its partners.

On Tuesday, around 250 kids got $100 to spend.

“And when we talk about the need, look, inflation is affecting us all. You know you look at the price of gas, the price of milk, I mean families, a good number of families are absolutely struggling,” said Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma.

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There is still time for you to help a family in need this school year if you’re able to.

9 Family Connection has teamed up with the Hope Now Foundation for the backpack-a-thon virtual school supply drive.

You can shop online for a backpack full of supplies for Central Florida students in need by CLICKING HERE.

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Q Mccray

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