Local bell ringer inspires Grayson County authorities to complete Christmas mission

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- The dedication of one Salvation Army bell ringer is inspiring Grayson County law enforcement to help him complete his Christmas mission.

Jerry Booker is known for his giving spirit and drive.

"He lives with a disability but he doesn't let it affect him, it doesn't hold him back," Grayson County deputy Shane Rodriguez said.

Standing all day in Sherman, ringing a bell and calling out for donations are not easy tasks for someone with acute cerebral palsy like Jerry. But for the past 17 years, he said those tasks are actually what give him the most strength.

"It really gives me a really exciting feeling," Jerry said.

This excitement recently caught the attention of a Grayson County deputy.

"He's got a great spirit, he's a very outgoing guy," Rodriguez said.

Each year Jerry sets a goal for his Christmas mission, raising money for the Salvation Army of Grayson County.

Now this year, deputy Shane Rodriguez, president of the Grayson County Law Enforcement Association, is joining this mission too.

"He's just a great guy all around, always smiling, always laughing, you can't help but want to help him out," Rodriguez said.

Wednesday, the association donated $200 to Jerry.

"This donation from the sheriff really means a lot," Jerry said.

Not only has Jerry now surpassed his goal by raising a total of $1,142, but he's also left quite the impact on his community.

"He's an example of what we should all strive to be," Rodriguez said.

"I'm so blessed, thanks to the community for helping me out during this Christmas season," Jerry said.

Even though Christmas is over, Jerry raises money for the Salvation Army all year long. If you want to join his mission, you can talk with Jerry while he works at the Exxon gas station near the intersection of Highways 75 and 82 or you can donate to the Salvation Army of Grayson County directly.