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Avon representative Melissa English holds one of the Finley the Fox stuffed animals donated to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to help comfort children. Monroe County Chief Deputy Kevin Crook, left, and Interim Sheriff Curtis Knight are also pictured.

When it comes to certain law enforcement cases, such as wrecks and domestic violence calls, children can be in need for comfort. Avon representative Melissa English and her customers are helping the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office achieve that through a recent donation of 12 Finley the Fox stuffed animals.

“She and her customers who bought them donated to the sheriff’s department. We normally give out balls or beanie babies when the kids are scared and crying to take their minds off what’s happening. It’s something to help calm their nerves. She stepped up voluntarily and felt the need to do it. We thank her from the bottom of our hearts,” said Monroe County Interim Sheriff Curtis Knight.

English said Avon offers a different stuffed animal each year as a fundraiser. In trying to figure out where to donate, she thought about how first responders keep stuffed animals to comfort children.

“When they have to go to a call, they can get one out of the trunk and get the children to hold on to it,” she said.

If she sells enough Finley the Foxes, English also wants to donate to some to the North Mississippi Medical Center Gilmore-Amory toy drive this Christmas season.

“I want to thank my own personal customers for helping with the project so far. I couldn’t have done it if they hadn’t purchased them,” English said.

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