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Inmates get an early Christmas gift

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Dec. 23, 2019 at 5:09 PM CST
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"And now you get to see your dad now and it'll be the only time until he gets out."

21 Early County Jail inmates celebrated Christmas early.

"It's a giving season and a lot of the guys that are incarcerated just made bad choices in life and its not the kids' fault that their fathers, mothers are in jail," William Price, Early County Sheriff said.

This is the 7th year the Early County Jail has put on the event -

"So I took it upon myself to come up with this inmate Christmas drive and allow the inmates to give their child the Christmas personally to make it more of a personal level and maybe it would instill something in that inmate to say hey I need to be out here with my child this time of year," Price said.

Sheriff Price raises money through community organizations and businesses, so every child has a present to open.

"I think it means a great deal. It still shows them that daddy cares, that he's thinking about them and doing everything he can for them and this Christmas party actually gives us a big opportunity to do that," inmate, Chris Ussery, said.

The time spent with their loved ones was priceless -

"I hope that they're thinking that they actually got to see their dad and as long as I've been locked up, this is the first time I've seen my children in a year so it's a big blessing and I think they really appreciate it," Ussery said.

"I think it means the world to them, especially the kids, cause a child they love their parents regardless of what anyone might say, they love their parents and just the look on their face is priceless," Price said.

And now all they can say is thank you....

"Letting us come out with our kids and giving us a right to see our kids on Christmas and blessing our kids for us because some us couldn't make ways to get our kids thing because we were up here in jail so we just want to thank the sheriff," inmate, Willie Rusell said.

Through fundraisers the Early County Jail was able to raise about $4,000 for this year's event.