HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - The sign in Harris County reads, "Warning: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We Salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you... Leave!"
On Friday, it put off a much less harsh feeling.
Sheriff Mike Jolley was presented a $2,000 check from the Boutique on the Square in Hamilton. The Boutique contacted Sheriff Jolley back in November about selling merchandise with the sign on it. Sheriff Jolley agreed as long as a portion of the proceeds were donated to the Georgia Sheriff's Association.
Once the money was in the Sheriffs Association's control Sheriff Jolley delegated where it went.
"My heart goes out to kids whether it's through the Georgia youth home or our local kids here," Sheriff Jolley said. "So everything I do it's focused around children as fundraisers go. If I am not Sherriffing when I'm doing fundraisers it's all about the kids. People like the saying that was on the sign, and we decided that it might be a way of making it into a fundraiser for the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Home and for the Miracle Riders that I ride for."
A man who makes the T-shirts for the Boutique is Devin Goodman, a former student of one of the Co-owners of the Boutique.
"It kind of started as a joke, I sent her a text one night and said, Hey we should make some shirts up with that, and it has kind of snowballed into what it is now," said Devin.
Now, just a month in a half since they started putting the sign on merchandise, the Boutique on the Square in Hamilton has sold over 700 shirts and helped raise over $4,000 to donate to the Georgia Sheriff's Association.
"Well this really meant a lot to me, my dad passed away four years ago and he always donated money and was a member of the Georgia Sheriffs association every year, and he put the tag on the front of his truck, i have the last tag that came off the front of his truck it's hanging up in the store now. So it meant a lot to me personally. And it meant a lot to have my former student involved. When he was in school we did a lot of community service and so he wanted to participate," said the Boutiques co-owner Cheryl Reese.
The owners of The Boutique on the Square say that every time sales of the shirt dip slightly the next week they pick right back up.