Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, New Life Christian Church give away gift cards to needy

From left, New Life Christian Church Pastor John Lowe II stands with Mike Fitzpatrick, who received a gift card, Kosciusko County Sheriff Rocky Goshert and Roz Morgan of Our Fathers House. The sheriff's department and church teamed up to distribute gift cards to the needy or those who are good citizens. (Photo courtesy of Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department)
Kosciusko County Sheriff Rocky Goshert gets a hug from a man who received a gift card from him. (Courtesy of Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department)

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department teamed up with New Life Christian Church over the weekend to spread goodwill to Kosciusko County.

Sheriff Rocky Goshert and Pastor John Lowe II created a program to distribute gift cards to Kosciusko County residents who appear to be in need or are an upstanding community member. Goshert, Lowe, sheriff’s deputies, and church representatives gave away the gift cards. Some individuals were just approached while walking down the street, and others were contacted in local businesses.

“This time of year some people just need a little help to make it through the season, and others just need to know that people really care about them,” said Goshert in a news release. “This partnership with New Life Christian Church has enabled us to reach out to the public in this way and give what support we can.”

Four combined teams from both organizations provided 50 families with a gift card that can be used to help in whatever way is needed. The gift cards were donated by New Life Christian Church’s congregation.

Responses from the public ranged from hugs, tears of joy, to some who told of others in more need than themselves and wishing to pass along the gift card.

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