MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Shelby County deputy is going above and beyond to serve the children in his community.
Deputy Stephen Spencer and his wife, Francis, are collecting school supplies and clothes for the children he regularly sees as he patrols North Memphis.
"It's hard these days. I know it's hard for parents to raise kids well to have what they need," Francis said.
"[I] listen to their problems, what they're going through," Stephen said. "I got with my wife, I said, 'Hey we can do something about this.'"
The couple is collecting pencils, paper, binders, backpacks, and other items children need to succeed in the classroom.
Specifically, they're hoping to help at least three children Stephen saw during his patrol who were left with little more than the clothes on their backs.
"If you have that one little bit of one person helping you, it makes a difference," Francis said.
Stephen joined the sheriff's office this year. He said being in law enforcement is about noticing when people need help, and stepping up to the plate.
"I know what it's like to not have. So, when I see that young boy or young lady walk down the street, I know that feeling and that's why I want to give back," Stephen said. "Hey, I was there. So, I don't want you to have to go through what I've been through. So, at least let me help."