Ninth Annual "Operation Joy" Hosted by Criminal Justice Students Distribute Holiday Food Baskets to Needy Families in Tri-County Area of Laurel, Knox and Whitley County, Kentucky

Operation Joy 2023 9th annual

Students, staff and area law enforcement officers that participated the 9th annual “Operation Joy” for 2023

LONDON, KY - Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting that: Criminal Justice Students hosted their 9th Annual “Operation Joy” Holiday Christmas Food Basket event.

The Corbin Area Technology Center Criminal Justice classes donated holiday food baskets to area law enforcement officials as part of their 9th annual “Operation Joy”. The 65 holiday baskets were donated to local, and state law enforcement officers to distribute to needy families in the community in the Tri-County area -Laurel ,Knox and Whitley County.

“The program teaches our Criminal Justice students that law enforcement plays many different roles in the community,” Criminal Justice Instructor Joshua Cox said. “Of course, the main purpose of the project is to give back to the community during the upcoming Christmas Holiday Season. It teaches the students the core values of helping those who are less fortunate.”

The class put together food baskets for families less fortunate for this season of giving. The Criminal Justice students met with numerous area law enforcement officers at the Corbin Area Technology Center on Wednesday morning December 13th, 2023 and helped to load the baskets into the cruisers. Baskets were complete with a turkey, stuffing, vegetables, canned goods and milk.

The Criminal Justices classes consists of students from Corbin, Williamsburg, and Whitley County High Schools. The Corbin Area Technology Center would like to thank students, staff, and community members for their donations as well as generous donations from area businesses including:

Grace Health, and Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith made donations to support the program.

*Students start putting these boxes together after Halloween with donations from the students and staff and local businesses.

Tackett Wilson, former criminal justice instructor at Corbin Area Technology School, and currently Corbin’s Athletic Director also assisted.

The following agencies participated in distributing the holiday baskets to area deserving families:

Agencies participating included: Laurel County Sheriff's Office, Knox County Sheriff's office, Whitley County Sheriff’s Office, Corbin City Police, Corbin Independent School Police and Kentucky State Police.

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Laurel County Sheriff John Root stated that it was a privilege for his office to deliver the holiday food baskets to area families in Laurel County. A special thanks to East Bernstadt Family Resource Center for their assistance in identifying deserving families. We are blessed to have such caring persons in our area.

At many of the residences, there were tears of joy as the baskets were delivered by the Laurel County Sheriff's office.

**Also, a very special "thank you" to Joshua Cox instructor (a former KSP Trooper) at Corbin Area Technology Center, and Tackett Wilson (also a retired KSP Trooper) for coordinating this special event!

Pictured are all the students, staff and area law enforcement officers that participated. Participating for the Laurel County Sheriff's Office was Public Affairs Deputy Gilbert Acciardo.


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