For more than 30 years they've been collecting food for those in need in the Grand Valley and this year is no exception. In the next five weeks the Mesa County Sheriff's Posse hopes to collect close to 15,000 pounds for the Salvation Army.
George Decker will be the first to tell you he doesn't have a hook, or a line to entice people to donate. "We just tell them happy holidays and let it go at that," says, Decker. As a member of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Posse, Decker has been quietly collecting canned goods for the last 20 years. Decker says, "There's one place that says we've been doing it for 40 but we're not sure about that." Today the Sheriff’s Posse set up outside the City Market on Rood Avenue, hoping to collect at least 3,000 pounds of food. All which will go to the Salvation Army.
Paul Wally with the Salvation Army says, "The Sheriff Posse has been absolutely invaluable to us for years now." This year the Salvation Army will give out 150 boxes of food each day and this holiday season they'll hand out special holiday boxes to about 1200 families. Wally says, "The Sheriff's Posse are instrumental in providing food for that operation as well." But Decker says it's not something the posse could do alone. Decker says, "This Grand Valley must be one of the givingest places that there is." They rely on the generosity of people like Carolyn Brown. "I'm helping out because especially this time of year with the economy and stuff its better for everybody... I have a couple dollars extra so that's what I'm doing," says Brown.
Along with the Salvation Army Food Drive the Sheriff’s Posse also help with Mesa County Search and Rescue Teams and sponsor local 4H clubs just to name a few. But it’s not something they'll brag about. "We're just glad to help out," says, Decker. Allowing the Sheriff’s Posse to remain a quiet but important part of our local community.