A girl shows off her favorite Christmas toy during the Shop with the Sheriff’ event last year

Ninety Rutherford County students will enjoy the spirit of Christmas, thanks to Toots restaurantsdiners and contributors to the Shop with the Sheriff program.

School resource officers and Sheriffs Citizens Academy alumni members will ask Toots diners to donate during a fund-raising event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Toots on Broad, Toots South on South Church Street and Toots West on Franklin Road.

SRO Sgt. Bill West said the program will add middle and high school students this Christmas.

“We will shop with children who are going through a crisis where parents need help,”West said. “I am amazed by the support of people in our community who donate. Its fun to be at Toots and watch people involved in the funding.”

Sheriffs Sgt. Jimmy Cassidy said SROs, alumni and sheriffs deputies will accompany the students as they choose Christmas parents during the Shop with the Sheriff event Dec. 14 at Wal-Mart on Old Fort Parkway.

The MTSU Forensic Science Society will provide breakfast before shopping.

“Shop with the Sheriff is a fantastic way to give Christmas to kids who would not ordinarily have presents,”Cassidy said. “We thank Toots for providing a way to raise funds since we started Shop with the Sheriff. They have been a phenomenal partner.”

General Manager Spence Wilson of Toots on Broad said he was overjoyed to host Shop with the Sheriff, one of his favorite events each year.

Toots, a Murfreesboro staple since 1985, is supported by a community of fans.

“Shop with the Sheriff is one way that we get to show our appreciation of such a faithful group of Toot’s supporters,”Wilson said. “Knowing we get an evening to raise funds for families and children to bring some Christmas magic into their holiday means more to myself and my staff then we can express through words. I appreciate the Rutherford County Sheriff’s office for partnering with Toot’s for this event and cannot wait to see the impact we have when we all come together for such an amazing cause.”

General Manager Johnny Maurizi of Toots South said his restaurant supports the children helped by Shop with the Sheriff.

“It gives those kids a chance to rejoice in the season of giving, as well as giving them a sense of hope in the goodness of people,”Maurizi said. “We are blessed to be a part of such a wonderful event.”

General Manager Macey Johnson of Toots West said as a parent of a child in an inner-city elementary school, she has seen the impact of the program of socks, coats, toys and bicycles to kids whose family could not provide for them.

“We have experienced the magic of Christmas through the kidseyes and have seen the gratitude in their parents’ faces,”Johnson said. “Sheriffs deputies were able to impact children in a positive way and show them how connected our law enforcement officers are to this community. We appreciate all the school resource officers who keep this tradition going. It truly is an honor to participate in this event every year.”