Father’s Day celebrated at Autumn Care

Published 9:37 pm Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Suffolk Sheriff’s Office delivered Father’s Day cards to the residents at Autumn Care of Suffolk.

Most holidays find the Sheriff’s Office engaging with the community. One of its main community partners is Autumn Care of Suffolk. Before the pandemic, the Sheriff’s Office would make frequent trips to visit the residents at this assisted living facility. With the newest COVID-19 restrictions, only families can make appointments for inside visits. However, that doesn’t stop the Sheriff’s Office from doing what they can.

“The Suffolk Sheriff’s Office loves giving back to the community,” said Deputy Veronica Woodson.

Even though the sheriff’s office personnel couldn’t go inside, they still waved to a few residents through the windows to say hello.

“Not only does the Sheriff’s Office brighten the days of our residents, but our staff also looks forward to seeing them,” said Tameika Cross, activities director at Autumn Care of Suffolk. “They put smiles on faces. It’s also good to know our residents are thought about.”

The Suffolk Sheriff’s Office does not act alone in its outreach. Students at Suffolk Christian Academy made the cards. These students have also made cards for Autumn Care residents for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Students from preschool through third grade colored Father’s Day cards with a message of God’s love.

“We really enjoy helping the community and partnering with the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office,” said Leslie Adams, development coordinator at Suffolk Christian Academy. “The kids enjoy sharing the love. That’s what we teach them here. God wants them to be that light.”

The Suffolk Christian Academy students created around 40 cards to go to the fathers at Autumn Care. It was a simple way to let the residents at the assisted living facility know that they were still remembered.

“We just wanted to support fathers for Father’s Day,” said Maj. David Miles.

“We’re just giving back and spreading joy wherever we can,” added Deputy Wade Thomas. “I’m ready for a whole weekend for bad dad jokes.”