To the Editor: Boy, 10, got left out of gift program PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Brenda Rambo   
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 10:01
A couple of weeks ago, the Wood County Sheriff's department hosted their "Shop with a Sheriff" program in Bowling Green. Kudos to them for helping many families have a brighter Christmas season.
However, I would like to address a situation that occurred this year. My niece's three children, two girls, ages 4 & 5, and a boy, age 10, were to be participants this year. Unfortunately, the very morning of the expected outing, they were informed their son would not be able to participate due to last minute additions of some younger children!
This really distressed me! First of all, he had been told he was approved and was of course excited to go. All programs have cut off dates for participating in an event. No one wants to turn away people in need but the sheriff's department did just that by making a last-minute exclusion. I have no idea if there were other "older" children excluded or if it was just him (do you remember feeling like an "older" child when you were 10?).
For future reference, let me make some suggestions. Adhere to your cutoff date for applications of participation, painful as this may be. If you are unable to turn people away, reallocate the funds you have by taking the total dollar amount and dividing it by the number of children so that they may all be included. At the very least, you could have taken the money you were spending on the two sisters and divided it between the three. Getting something is preferable to getting nothing! As it turned out, the only thing a 10-year-old boy got from the sheriff's department was a major disappointment and a bruised heart. For that, shame on whoever was in charge! I hope next year you can find a better way to be fair to all, not just the youngest kids.
Brenda Rambo

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