By Zach Armstrong
DINWIDDIE, Va -- On June 1, a mother and her daughter who could not speak english came into the Dinwiddie Sheriff's office asking for assistance and information. During the interaction with officers, the little girl was feeling scared around the officers in uniform
To make the girl feel more at ease, Law Enforcement Public Relations Deputy Donna Rice went in the back and got a soccer ball with a smiley face along with a tube that creates bubbles when waved to donate to the girl.
The sports equipment provided to the girl came from the “Pass the Ball'' campaign from the Dinwiddie Kiwanis Club who donated a variety of sports balls and equipment to the Sheriff's office. As part of the campaign, items are distributed to children throughout the county over the summer by local law enforcement so that children don’t feel worried around police officers.
The Division 10 Chapter of the Kiwanis Club covers central Chesterfield, Chester, Crewe, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell and the city of Petersburg.
According to Rice, the Sheriff's office currently has coloring books and stuffed animals that can be provided to children who come with their parents who are interacting with local law enforcement for whatever matter.