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First responders' food drive a ton of help for IAM

Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin and Police Chief Herbert (holding plaques) pose with deputies at first Battle of the Badges celebration. Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin and Police Chief Herbert (holding plaques) pose with deputies at first Battle of the Badges celebration.

The Henderson County Sheriff's Office did the heavy lifting in a food drive competition with other first responders, collecting  more than a ton of food for Interfaith Assistance Ministry.

Sheriff's deputies, other personnel and the public gave more than 2,308 pounds at the sheriff's office, giving the agency the championship in the first Battle of the Badges food drive. The Hendersonville Fire Department was runner up, collecting 1,097 pounds, while the Hendersonville Police Department collected 467 pounds.

“Henderson County’s first responders – our community’s heroes – protect us every day,” said Elizabeth Willson Moss, executive director of Interfaith Assistance Ministry.  “Now they are helping to alleviate hunger in our community. Their food will provide food for hungry children and adults throughout our county. We are so grateful to the Henderson County’s Sheriff’s Office, the Hendersonville Fire Department and the Hendersonville Police Department for going above and beyond to help feed our community.”

“This is a great start to our Holiday Foods Drive,” she added. “Now we are greatly in need of turkeys and hams and canned hams to complement all of the canned goods donated by our first responders to help provide a holiday meal to struggling families for Thanksgiving or Christmas.”