The Charles County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Services Section recently collected about a dozen boxes of blankets, toiletries, stuffed animals, and other items for LifeStyles, Inc.’s Safe Nights program.

Community Organizer Connie Gray, who coordinated the collection, and Cpl. Joshua Richards of the Community Policing Unit presented the donations to Ms. Sandy O. Washington, executive director of LifeStyles, Inc. on Dec. 15 at the LifeStyles, Inc. offices in La Plata.

LifeStyles, Inc. is a non-profit organization that operates several community development and assistance programs including Safe Nights, which provides overnight shelter for homeless individuals and families between October 1 and April 15 each year. LifeStyles, Inc. staff members provide Safe Nights participants with cots, linens, and toiletry items and offers support services and enrichment activities to encourage participants in their journey toward self-sufficiency. The organization relies on donations to sustain Safe Nights and its other community programs.

For more information about LifeStyles, Inc., including how to make a donation, visit For more information about the CCSO, visit

CCSO donates blankets to LifeStyles, Inc.

Pictured from left to right are CCSO Community Organizer Connie Gray, Ms. Sandy O. Washington, executive director of LifeStyles, Inc., and Cpl. Joshua Richards of the Community Policing Unit.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit

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