HAMLET — More than 25 Girl Scouts from troop 1680 visited the police department Thursday night to drop of bags of goodies for the officers as a sign of appreciation for their service.
Sheila Ingram-Beale, one of the leaders of troop 1680, said the girls wanted to do something to show local law enforcement they care about them.
“We do have a few Boy Scouts in there,” Ingram-Beale said. “They’re our extras. We are actually visiting the police department to thank them for their services and to give them a little gift.”
“Each candy actually tells them what it’s for,” Tina Manguba, a parent volunteer, said.
A brown paper lunch bag labeled “Survival Kit for Law Enforcement Officers” and filled with assorted sweets was given to each officer. On the outside of every bag was a list of of the candies inside, and what they are for:
• Lifesaver, to remind you of the many times you’ve been one.
• Smarties, to give you wisdom for those split-second decisions.
• Hershey’s Kisses, to show our love for you.
• Gum, to help everyone stick together.
• Tootsie Roll, because you have to roll with the punches.
• Peppermint Patty, helping you keep your cool.
• Mounds, for the mounds of courage you show, and
• Laffy Taffy, to remind you that laughter is a great stress-reliever.
“We’re going to the Rockingham Police Department after this, and we’re going to the Sheriff’s Office,” Ingram-Beale said.
Ingram-Beale said she’s been a troop leader for several years, leading an all-Daisy troop when she lived in Virginia Beach before moving to North Carolina three years ago.
“I love the rural country,” she said. “I lived in the city. Now it’s time to slow it down. I’m getting old.”
After presenting the survival kits to the officers, the children crowded into the lobby of the office and lined up to receive silver police badge stickers from Officer Brandon Beasley and Sgt. Skyler Dover.
As the kids filed out to pose for a troop photo on the police department steps, Dover said he was glad they stopped by. Neither officer was able to visit Rockingham Airport Wednesday for Kenneth Robinette’s law enforcement appreciation barbecue chicken lunch.
“This was a surprise,” Dover said of the scouts’ visit. “We didn’t expect it.”
“Yeah, it really was a surprise,” Beasley agreed.
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