Law enforcement officers serve and protect our communities, and many of them go beyond the call of duty. We caught up with a few Beaufort County sheriff's deputies today on a special delivery. Being in the hospital this time of year can be tough, especially for little ones, but these deputies did their best to spread the Christmas cheer at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
They may not have white beards or wear red from head to toe, but this group of deputies is as close to Santa Claus as you can get. And for the last few years, they've spread Christmas joy throughout the pediatric unit of the hospital, handing out teddy bears and dollies to all the little children.
"They don't get to have Christmas at home with their folks and I hope this gives them something to get them through," said Staff Sgt. Buddy Gurganious.
And it did just that for three-year-old Tressa and her family. "It makes me feel great knowing people care," said her mom, Shamra Hernandez. "It's going to make her a lot more comfortable. We had a pretty hard time last night, but things are working out better now."
And it's moments like this that makes it all worthwhile for these holiday heroes. "It lit me up a little bit," said Staff Sgt. Gurganious.
In fact, nurses say these deputies are just what these children need. "As you saw, it just brightens up their faces," said nurse Dawn Scheumann. "It turns a situation that's not very bright during the Christmas season into a different one. It makes a big difference. The small things make a big difference in kids' lives."
That's why deputies left a little something under the tree for all the children who have to make an unexpected visit to the hospital this holiday season.
The good news is these deputies aren't alone. A number of police departments and fire departments throughout the Low Country have adopted needy families in our area and are making sure they have a bright Christmas.