Officer dips into his own pocket to support local children

Updated: Jun. 26, 2018 at 7:16 PM CDT
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Community has already pitched in to "Backpackin with Jackson" (Source: KAIT)
Community has already pitched in to "Backpackin with Jackson" (Source: KAIT)
Jackson has already sold 300 raffle tickets (Source: KAIT)
Jackson has already sold 300 raffle tickets (Source: KAIT)

MARKED TREE (KAIT) - A Marked Tree Police officer has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support children in Arkansas.

"No one else can do this," said Marked Tree Police Chief Michael Matlock regarding Sergeant Eric Jackson. "He has a big heart and does things for the community often."

Sergeant Eric Jackson is at work, not only patrolling the streets but collecting school supplies for children ahead of the new school year.

"I'm doing a raffle," Jackson said. "I bought a 32-inch TV, a $100 giveaway, $40 gas card and a truck organizer/cooler. Those will be the raffle prizes."

The raffle tickets cost $1 a piece and the proceeds will go towards "Backpackin' with Jackson."

"It's never been about seeing how many people you can take to jail, how many tickets you can write, it's not about that, it's about bridging the gap, and starting with our kids, which are our future, is a good place to start," Jackson said.

Ticket sales will help buy backpacks and school supplies for children in need. So far, Jackson has sold 300 tickets.

"This will be for anybody in the state of Arkansas, quite frankly, I don't care if you are from Tennessee," Jackson said. "If you need a backpack, come and get one. They are free. I'm shooting to get 500 backpacks filled with supplies for all ages."

The raffle and backpack handout will be held on Saturday, July 28, at the Marked Tree Police Department, 1 Elm Street.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., free hot dogs, chips, and sodas will be available for all families.

The raffle giveaway will start at 1 p.m.

If you are interested in buying a raffle ticket to support children heading back to school this fall, contact the Marked Tree Police Department at 870-358-2024.

Jackson said local businesses like Dollar General have hopped on board to help with his project.

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