Georgia man gifts silver squares for Harvey relief donations

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WHITFIELD COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) — A Georgia man and the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to help victims devastated by Harvey.

A couple months ago Wallace Blassingame went to the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office and decided to give deputies these silver squares to thank them for what they do.

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“So we were able to give each one individually one a little token of appreciation,” Sheriff Scott Chitwood said.

On Monday he came back to the Sheriff’s Office with silver squares, $100 and a challenge.

“He has donated $100 to send to the Red Cross for the people suffering in Texas. So we are putting out a challenge to everybody that may come in to see me, donate $100 and I will personally give them one of these key collector silver bars,” Sheriff Chitwood said.

Blassingame was saddened when he heard about the devastation in Texas.

“It breaks your heart,” Blassingame said.

He knew he wanted to do something to help.

“Surely there is a lot of good people who have been punished that can’t do anything about it,” Blassingame said.

He says his parents always taught him about the importance of giving back.

“I just try to always do the right thing all my life. I had a good Christian mother and daddy and I was blessed with that. So god has blessed me with good health,” Blassingame said.

For now there will be 12 silver squares to hand out to those who donate $100.

“If it goes beyond the 12 then I can get in touch with Mr. Blassingame, if things can work out for those people to receive a little collector item here that is great,” Sheriff Chitwood said.

Sheriff Chitwood says he is glad people in the community step up in times of need.

“It is good that people still display a heart of kindness and good gestures like this are still good in the world and with all of the sad and controversy and negative publicity that we see today. It is good for someone like Mr. Blassingame to step forward and put a smile on people’s face,” Sheriff Chitwood said.

If you are interested in donating you can contact the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office for more information.