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'Baskets of Cheer' | Chesapeake sheriffs deliver holiday baskets to seniors

Deputies from the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office delivered holiday baskets filled with non-perishable food items to seniors in need.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Deputies from the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office are delivering some holiday cheer to those in need.

Deputies loaded up their vehicles for the annual "Holiday Basket Delivery" at 8:45 a.m. 

They dropped off about 80-holiday baskets to local seniors and families in need. It's the 34th year Chesapeake deputies are making the deliveries.

The baskets will be filled with non-perishable foods that were donated by a Walmart Supercenter on Hillcrest Parkway. 

"The community is wonderful to us," said Jennifer Spencer with the Walmart Supercenter. "They come and shop with us. So, we definitely want to make sure we give back to them in any way we can."

The basket deliveries are being done in an effort to make sure that the elderly people and families in Chesapeake can enjoy their holiday season.

Michelle Seebode is one of many who received a holiday basket. The past year has been rough for her for a number of reasons. She was recently involved in a domestic violence situation where she says she almost lost her life.

"Jean called the cops, 911, the sheriff's office, and so he kept me alive and now it's my turn to help him," she said.

Jean, one of her close friends, is fighting cancer. Now, she's helping him. Seebode says the sheriff's office has helped her following that situation.

"They got me counseling after the event and when I had to go to court, they were with me."

Deputies helped her again by delivering a holiday basket in hopes of uplifting her spirits.

"I'm overwhelmed," she said. "It made my Christmas. It really did."

"This is just one little way to show that we care so much for them," said Major David Rosado with the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office. "If we could just embrace them with some holiday cheer and some food items, that makes a world of a difference.

Seebode said this bag means so much, and for her it starts a new beginning.

"We can close the doors and start a new chapter again," she said. "We don't have to live in this chapter anymore."

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