November 17, 2017  |  01:55 pm

Through the St. Tammany Deputy Sheriff’s Association, STPSO employees donated checks for $735.11 each to the Northshore Food Bank and the Samaritan Center thanks to the success of the annual Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree held on Halloween.

The money collected is in addition to a large donation of nonperishable food items which was divided and donated to the two organizations.

The Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree is held annually at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center and at the Slidell locations for the Sheriff’s Office and Clerk of Court as a fundraiser for the two food banks, which provide food to needy families in our parish year-round.

For a $5 donation, administrative employees of the Sheriff’s Office, the Clerk of Court, District Attorney’s Office and Assessor’s Office were allowed to come dressed in costume and participate in a costume contest. The judges at the courthouse judged the costumes. Awards, which were donated by local businesses, were presented at the end of the day.

The event also included a pumpkin decorating contest, where for a $5 donation employees could enter a decorated pumpkin to be judged. Employees and visitors then voted on their favorite pumpkin by making donations. Employees of the Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office also held bake sales to raise additional funds.

The non-perishable food items were collected during the month of October through “dress down” days, where STPSO employees could wear jeans on Wednesdays in exchange for a donation of canned food items.