“Give a Kid a Chance” event served 300 families with free smoke detectors, free car seat exams and replacements, backpacks, and a hot lunch.

“Give a Kid a Chance” event served 300 families with free smoke detectors, free car seat exams and replacements, backpacks, and a hot lunch.

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The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the BLESS Coalition and Crosspoint Community Church to present “Give A Kid A Chance” Saturday at the Floyd County Jail. More than 300 families drove through the event, meeting at each stop with Floyd County public service workers and members of the Bless Coalition. Each family received book bags filled with school supplies, boxes of canned foods, smoke alarms, and fun gifts like kid-sized fire helmets and a free lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages.

According to Sheriff Dave Roberson, “This is our first year, but we already plan a bigger event next year. We are considering changing it from a drive-through so that we can accommodate more people, depending on factors like COVID. We believe this can be a huge public service and safety destination event and we really appreciate our partnership with BLESS Coalition and the Crosspoint Community Church.”

Members of the Rome Floyd Fire Department gave out smoke detectors to each family. Jamie Stone, fire department chief of training, said, “We could have given away many more smoke detectors, so we are looking forward to being able to help even more families maintain safe homes at coming events.”

Officers with the Floyd County Prison and the Floyd County Jail were also on hand to help at the event, including Sgt. Travis Howell with the prison who manned the grill.  “It is super hot back here grilling up the food, but it is great to see these kids enjoying themselves and getting a meal.  We are so proud to be a part of this great day.”

Sgt. Brandon Brown of the Rome Police checked out car seats. “We are looking for two things typically. Car seats have an expiration date of about five to six years so we check for that and replace them if needed (see photo for how you can spot an expiration date). And also if a car seat has been in a wreck it must be replaced, either by insurance, or we will give a family a new seat if they bring the one from the accident to the police department,” said Brown.

Crosspoint Multi-Site Pastor Jason Cribb helped organize the day, and he said this type of event helps people get to know the church (Crosspoint is launching in Rome on September 12) and its mission in the community.  “We are still looking for a permanent church home here in Rome, but in the meantime, Cornerstone Church pastor Jody Hagerty and his church have generously offered us the use of their facility on Sunday evenings. This is the kind of event that we know works from our growth experience in Cartersville, so we appreciate the opportunity to partner with Sheriff Roberson and his entire department.”

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