Brown County Sheriff’s investigator Lana Guthrie said law enforcement officers “come in contact with people nobody else does — families nobody else does.”

Sometimes, Guthrie said, children in those families need things — a new coat. New shoes. A backpack for school.

Sheriff’s officials hope to help some of those children through the efforts of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office Employees Association.

Details are still being worked out, but the association envisions using money from fund-raising activities to buy some of the items the children need.

The association had been dormant for awhile but employees began bringing it back to life in September.

Association members are selling tickets for a drawing for a Mossberg .243 bolt action rife, equipped with a 3x9 Leupold scope. Tickets are $5 each or $25 for six tickets, and the drawing will be held Nov. 15. The winner will be announced on KOXE radio during the Morning Show.

The rifle was purchased by the association and through a donation from Cash Texas Pawn, association members said.

Tickets are available at the sheriff’s office, the radio station or from association members.

The association recently was able to help a single mother and her 2-year-old daughter. Association member Pattimae Furry received an e-mail saying the girl needed a coat and some pajamas.

“I got word from a friend that this little girl was in need,” Furry said. The association bought a coat and “PJs” for the girl, Furry said.

Sheriff’s Capt. Ellis Johnson said children’s only contact with law enforcement may be in a negative setting. The association’s efforts to help can let them see law enforcement in a positive way, Johnson said.

“The way we look at it, we see horrible things, kids that are in need,” he said. “A lot of times it’s little things — they need shoes, they need things to take to school. We all have kids too, and it’s very difficult when you see these things.”