Sarasota kids benefit from doing good deeds

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has joined Operation Chill again this year, the popular community service program sponsored by 7-Eleven stores.

This summer, deputies will "ticket" youngsters who are caught in random acts of kindness, good deeds or positive community activities with free Slurpee coupons. Appropriate "offenses" might include being helpful, wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle or skateboarding or deterring crime.

"Our deputies enjoy interacting with Sarasota County's youth," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "Opportunities like these help promote positive relationships and reinforce trust among law enforcement and young people."

Since the program's inception in 1995, more than 12.5 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed to law enforcement agencies in neighborhoods where 7-Eleven operates stores. During the upcoming summer months and back-to-school season, good kids in more than 600 communities will receive free Slurpee coupons.