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Deputy calls on the community to take action and help families in need

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is partnering with the Grand Traverse County Deputy Sheriff's Association and offering $2 pulled pork sandwiches to help a family in need.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan deputy is calling on the community to take action and help families in need.

The Grand Traverse County Deputy Sheriff's Association has a nonprofit group called the Community Partnership Program which raises money to buy basic needs for students.

The goal is to make sure kids have everything they need to be successful in school, whether it's clean clothes, glasses, or reliable transportation.

Right now, deputies are collecting clean socks and underwear, and also raising money to buy a van for a family of seven.

In order to make these good deeds happen, Deputy Matt McKinley says it comes down to partnering with the community.

"I thought, how many needs are out there that would prevent a kid from succeeding in school? Just something basic like underwear or clean clothes," says Deputy McKinley. "So, we decided to partner with the community and have the community help itself."

One of the program partners is Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Traverse City. Employees there say they saw a video Deputy McKinley posted on social media about raising money to help a family of seven buy a van.

"Not only is it a good way to build relationships with the community, but I think it's important to know that there are people out there that need help." says Andre Bushell, co-owner of Dickey's BBQ Pit. "There are people like local business owners who have the ability to help out, so I think they should."

Friday, December 21 Dickey's BBQ Pit is selling pulled pork sandwiches for just $2.00 and donating all the money from the sales to the Community partnership Program.

The fundraiser is going on from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. as long as they don't sell out.

If you would like to donate money, items, or volunteer your time to the Community Partnership Program contact the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office.

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