Sheriff Woody announces ‘Pack the Pod’ holiday program

Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody is proud to announce that, through a partnership with Entrust Financial Credit Union, a donation called ‘Pack the Pod’ kicked off on October 24 and will continue through the first week of December. It is an initiative to collect enough of the basic hygiene products to supply all 1,000 residents of the Richmond City Justice Center with a holiday gift bag of essential hygiene products.

“Entrust Financial Credit Union has been a great partner to the Sheriff’s Office and the REAL Program,” says Sheriff Woody. “They have provided budgeting and finance classes to male and female residents, teaching them how to save money, how to prioritize their spending, and how they can grow their money once they leave the jail and get a job. They’ve helped residents who are close to their release date with setting up checking and savings accounts. This is guidance that many of our men and women simply didn’t have as they were growing up, and now that they are receiving this information, it will go a long way into fully rehabilitating them back into the community.”

“We believe that everyone has a calling to fulfill regardless of their past,” says Lisa Lambrecht, President and CEO at Entrust Financial Credit Union. “We are happy to walk alongside the residents at the Richmond City Justice Center and empower them to make good choices when it comes to spending the money they earn from being employed again. As we bridge the gap in workforce development, it is important that financial education play a role.”

Entrust Financial Credit Union’s Fall Festival is open to the public and the media and will be held on October 24 between 11:00AM and 2:00PM at 1801 Dabney Road, in Richmond. Sheriff Woody and others from the Sheriff’s Office will be present at the event to support this excellent effort. Items that are being accepted for ‘Pack the Pod’ include full sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner, soap, lotion, toothpaste, and deodorant. Please no pumps in bottles or toothbrushes.

Those attending the Fall Festival will also be able to shred important documents on sight that need to be disposed of properly. While supplies last, you can also pick a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch and enjoy a free lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A at Willow Lawn.

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