On Dec. 14, 2011, the SAME Wichita Mountains Post presented Sheriff Kenny Stradley a $3,365 check for the Comanche County Sheriff's Office "We Care" Campaign in Fort Sill, Okla. The Wichita Mountains Post, which covers southwestern Oklahoma and northern Texas, decided to donate the proceeds from their Dec. 9 50/50 raffle to the “We Care” Campaign in an effort to give back to the community. According to Mike Moe, Wichita Mountains Post Outreach and Communications Chair, "One Post member challenged to match the donation if another member would do the same." Many sustaining members rose to the challenge, raising the original $105 donation to $3,365 in just three working days.
The Comanche County Sheriff's Department has been collecting and distributing donations of money, canned goods and toys to impoverished families in southwestern Oklahoma for more than 20 years. As part of its “We Care” Campaign, the Sheriff’s Department provides each family a food basket and a toy for each child in the home every holiday season. The local news covered Sheriff Stradley thanking SAME Wichita Mountains Post for the generous donation. The Sheriff also described how he reaches out to residents in many ways. "Yesterday I pulled over and saw this lady. She thought I was going to arrest her. I said, 'Here ma'am, let me give you a ham and a couple cards for your kids.' She was amazed."
SAME Wichita Mountains Post Officers present a check to Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley in support of the “We Care” Campaign. Left to Right: Winona Simmons, USACE Ft. Sill QAR/WM, SAME Wichita Mountains Post Vice Secretary; Dave Palmquist, USACE Ft. Sill Office Engineer, SAME Wichita Mountains Post Treasurer; Kenny Stradley, Comanche County Sheriff; Richard West, USACE Ft. Sill Area Engineer, SAME Wichita Mountains Post President; and Billy Tramel, USACE Project Engineer, SAME Wichita Mountains Post Programs Chair.
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