CoServ grant

An $11,600 endowment grant from the CoServ Charitable Foundation program was given to the Cooke County Sheriff’s department Tuesday.  In the picture are: Corp. Daniel Harp, Cooke County Judge John Roane, J.P. Dorothy Lewis, CoServ Foundation Advisor Mary Worthington, CoServ employee and Cooke County resident Betty Wilson, Cooke County investigator Finn Jones, Cooke County Sheriff Terry Gilbert, commissioner Leon Klement,  J.P. Jason Brinkley and Dep. Justin Stamp.

The Cooke County Sheriff’s Office received a $11,600 grant from the CoServ Electric Foundation at the Cooke County Justice Center in Gainesville Tuesday. Organized in 1937 as the Denton County Electric Cooperative, it became CoServ Electric in 1998.

  Cooke County Sheriff Terry Gilbert said that the grant endowment was greatly appreciated and it will enable the department to purchase body armor for the 24 detectives currently on staff in the county.

“These funds will enable us to purchase the additional body armor, more commonly known as bullet proof vests, for each of our detectives,” Gilbert said. “This grant will help keep our detectives safe while they are on duty.”

CoServ Foundation advisor, Mary Worthington, presented the check to the department along with Gainesville resident Betty Wilson, also an employee for CoServ.

 “The CoServ Foundation, representing the not-for-profit rural electric utility cooperative headquartered in Corinth, raised the money from the company’s “Operation Round Up” program,” Worthington said. “The program is supported by customers who “round up” their monthly electric and gas bills to the nearest dollar with the extra change going into the CoServ Charitable Foundation fund.”

“Average costs for each participating customer runs about $6 extra each year,” she said. “It doesn’t sound like a lot but the pennies add up.”

“We love it that our customers have the opportunity to partner with CoServ in our charitable work,” Worthington said. “The CoServ Foundation, in operation for only 10 years now, has just passed the $6 million dollar mark in donations.”

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