SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES TO REWARD AREA YOUTH FOR POSITIVE BEHAVIOR DURING OPERATION CHILL
Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies are on the lookout -- for area youngsters performing good deeds or random acts of kindness, observing proper safety habits, getting good grades or simply doing the right thing. Deputies will be rewarding positive behavior with a coupon that can be redeemed for a free small Slurpee at any participating 7-Eleven store.
Sponsored annually by 7-Eleven stores since 1995, Operation Chill is designed to promote good deeds in the community and enhance relations between law enforcement officers and the young people they meet on their neighborhood patrols. According to 7-Eleven, more than 15 million coupons have been distributed to officers on the beat since the program was first launched in Philadelphia 21 years ago. “This is a wonderful program that creates opportunities for our deputies to have positive interactions with children and reinforce good behavior,” said Sheriff Ben Johnson.
Almost any act that demonstrates kindness, compassion or responsibility can qualify for a Slurpee coupon -- anything from helping a stranded motorist, showing friendship to a visitor or wearing a bicycle helmet to picking up trash, assisting someone with their groceries, deterring crime or participating in a worthwhile community program or activity. Deputies also will distribute the coupons to young crime victims or hand them out to youngsters who simply need a pat on the back. No purchase is necessary to redeem the coupons.
“I don’t know who likes the Operation Chill program more, police officers or the kids,” added Mark Stinde, vice president of asset protection for 7-Eleven. “Police officers have told us they love having a positive reason to approach kids and surprise them with a Slurpee coupon, just for being good citizens.”