13 year-old raises $5,500 in Saturday event for police vests

Making a difference for those in blue

QUITMAN, Texas (KETK) - What started as a single project for boy scouts became a huge community effort to give back.

"It's been a lot bigger than what I expected," Jaxon Holland, 13 year old who started fundraising, said.

"We've got people that care about each other," Wood County Sheriff said. "That's what this young man was able to project, that he cares."

Holland decided to raise money to buy protective vests for the Wood County Sheriff's Office.

"It does, it gives you that added protection."

The community responded in a big way showing up to Saturday's fundraiser, donating more than $5,000 toward the cause.

"I wasn't expecting that, but I'm really excited, I think we're almost there," Holland said.

"His motto's been to go big or go home, and he went big."

This isn't the first East Texas city to back the blue.

"It's fun to see the people get together and back these guys, they're out protecting and risking their lives."

Last year in Winnsboro, about $800 was given to their officers to purchase these vests after efforts from a six year old boy.

"I felt happy after I did it. It's nice and it's good to do."

And these efforts in East Texas cities aren't going unnoticed.

"It means a lot for us to have the equipment we need."

"It's so important. They protect us. We rely on them for everything."

And thanks to the community, the deputies in Wood County will soon be better protected.

Holland's goal is to reach 14,000 dollars and after Saturday's event he's not too far behind.

Each vest costs about 375 dollars and there are 31 deputies for Wood County. They are also adding a K9 to their unit and the vest for a K9 officer is $1,000.

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