JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -

'Tis the season for giving, and on Friday three Washington County, Tennessee judges weren't handing out sentences -- they were handing out money.

Sessions Court Judges James Nidiffer, Robert Lincoln, and Robert Arnold  gave out more than $11,000 in grants to four area non-profits.
The money comes from the First Tennessee Human Resource Agency, who handles probation cases for Washington County.
Director of Corrections Kristina Peters says they like to help out when they can. "We like to give back to other non-profits, so we give an allotment of money every year and we put it out as grants and we let other non-profits apply for it, and that's what we're doing here today, giving back to the community through probation fees," said Peters.
CASA of Northeast Tennessee, Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee, the Alzheimer's Association and the Dawn of Hope Foundation each received between $2,400 and $3,000.