Morgan Co. Sheriff's Office food and toy donations help abuse victims

Published: Dec. 23, 2015 at 7:09 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2016 at 7:12 PM CST
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Kay Stevens died after being shot multiple times, according to Decatur police. (Source: Facebook)
Kay Stevens died after being shot multiple times, according to Decatur police. (Source: Facebook)

MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A holiday food drive to help a local domestic violence shelter is dedicated to a Decatur woman who was shot and killed last month.

The food drive isn't the only effort led by the Morgan County Sheriff's Office for the holiday season. They also collected toys to give children of domestic violence victims and children who have been abused a better Christmas.

The food drive is in honor of Kay Letson Stevens. Her picture, with her story, is on the bags of food. Decatur police investigators say Stevens' ex-husband shot and killed her on November 14. The donations provide most of the non-perishable food for the Hope Place Domestic Violence Shelter in Decatur for the entire year.

Santa Claus came to the sheriff's office Wednesday morning, ready to deliver donated toys to girls and boys at the shelter, to kids who have suffered abuse, and to families who are struggling to make ends meet.

Children of sheriff employees whose families are dealing with serious health problems got some gifts from Santa, too.  Sheriff Ana Franklin was emotional while talking about helping families.

"Everybody wants to see their kids have a Merry Christmas, and enjoy that excitement and wonder of being a child. To be able to give this to them, and this county to have done this, is huge for us. The citizens of Morgan County pour out their hearts and give their blessings to someone else. That's huge for me. We live in the best county," Franklin said.

The food will be delivered to the shelter after New Year's. Residents can still donate at the Morgan County Sheriff's Office through Sunday, December 27.

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