Michelle Brewer and the volunteers at The Shed must be pretty good fundraisers.
Brewer is a sergeant with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department who oversees The Shed, a program under the department’s umbrella that provides a way for needy families, especially ones with school-age children, to have some necessary clothing and household items.
During Monday’s meeting of the Henry County Budget Committee, a transfer in the county budget was authorized so it could list a sizeable increase in the line item involving The Shed.
The county had budgeted $12,000 in a line item for donations to local organizations, because that’s the amount the public was thought to have donated to The Shed program this year.
However, that amount had already climbed to $21,815 by Monday’s meeting, so the budget will reflect the new amount once the Henry County Commission approves it.
Brewer, who is also a school resource officer at Rhea Elementary School, started the program about three years ago.
The Shed accepts donations of items such as clothing, shoes, dishes, pots, pans, personal hygiene products, toilet paper, cleaning supplies and detergent.
That was the original focus of the program — the physical donations.
However, the $21,815 that has been budgeted is the amount The Shed has received in cash donations, another way the public can help.
The Shed operates from a 1,500-square-feet building on the sheriff’s department property.
And, it’s not just for schoolchildren.
People of any ages who are in need of something can contact Brewer by using The Shed’s Facebook page.
Other transfers approved Monday included the placement of $425,000 from a capital outlay note for an emergency workers radio project and for renovation of space at Weston Hall on the Grove School campus for the new location of the county Election Commisison office.
A $43,000 transfer in the juvenile court budget was OK’d.
That’s money to be paid to a worker who will be classified as a social worker and actually will be paid through a grant that is part of the state’s Zero to Three Safe Babies Courts.