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East Texas teen on mission to provide bulletproof vests for deputies

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An East Texas teenager has made it his mission to protect those who protect and serve his community.

13-year-old Jaxon Holland is working to raise money for 31 bullet proof vests in 31 days.

"If you don't have it when you need it, you don't get to go home at the end of the day," said Wood County Sheriff Tom Castloo.

Holland is working to raise money the buy the Wood County Sheriff's Office 31 brand new ones in hopes that deputies do get to go home after their work day ends.

"I just thought they needed better ones than what they have now," Holland said.

Currently the sheriff’s office has Level 3 vests that only protect against pistol bullets. The Level 4 vests that they are working to raise money for are able to protect against not only pistol bullets, but rifle bullets as well.

"It's where we have high-risk situations where we might have to go and someone is possibly armed with a long arm rather than a pistol, and it's a huge benefit," Castloo said.

It all started in pursuit of a community service badge, a task that other scouts in Troop 385 have already finished.

"Most of them did one that took like an hour," Holland said.

But on June 22, Jaxon committed to 31 days of fundraising for 31 vests.

"It feels good just doing a cause for other people, not just me," Holland said.

It's an effort that could potentially save lives, and has already created an atmosphere of hope and a spirit of community in Wood County.

"There is a lot of negative in the world. Every once in a while, there is a light that shines and this young man shines it bright," Castloo said.

Each vest costs about $400. So far, Holland has raised enough to purchase 10. He is also raising money for a K-9 vest which costs $1,000.

If you would like to donate, Jax is working with the group BLU Prepared on the project. Their address is:

BLU Prepared 
c/o P.O. Box 162
Mineola, TX 75773. 

You may also call 903-569-3711 for t-shirts and Caps 

On July 15 there will be a fun day at Jim Hogg Park in Quitman from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. There will be a motorcycle fun run, along with an opportunity to dunk the sheriff.  Money raised from the event will go towards the purchase of vests.  

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