By Shereen Siewert

WAUSAU — Members of the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department are asking for the public’s help in supporting law enforcement personnel affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The effort is part of the Sheriff’s Adopting Sheriff’s program, managed by the Badger State Sheriff’s Association. Activated in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the program provides direct financial assistance to sheriff’s employees who are directly impacted by victims of natural disasters.

Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks wrote: “This natural disaster is still unfolding in Texas and emergency responders are still providing life saving assistance to the citizens they serve.”

100 percent of all funds raised will go to Sheriff’s Department personnel who are victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The fund does not replace efforts by the Red Cross or other assistance organizations but assists employees who have personally suffered damage not covered by insurance or disaster assistance.

The Texas State Sheriff’s Association will identify employees in need and help distribute funds, Parks wrote.

Checks should be made out to the MNSO Sunshine Fund in any amount and can be dropped off or mailed to the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, Attn; Sheriff’s Adopting Sheriff’s Program; 500 Forest St, Wausau 54403.

Donations will be accepted until Sept. 29.