DATE: Thursday, December 9, 2021
SUBJECT: VCSO Prepares for Christmas with the Kids
CONTACT: Lieutenant Kerri Blessinger or Major Mark Rasure
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding

On Tuesday, December 14, 2021, members of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will participate in their annual “Christmas with the Kids” shopping event. Due to certain concerns, this year’s shopping event will again occur without the children being present. Sheriff’s Office volunteers will be on hand at Meijer at 08:00 to select items from each child’s wish list. Since 2001 the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has enjoyed providing this service to children from the ARK Crisis Child Care Center. The ARK Crisis Child Care Center is located at 415 Lincoln Avenue in Evansville and provides care to approximately 200-250 children per month. The majority of the children served are referrals from social service agencies, medical personnel, legal aid services and the court system. ARK provides emergency crisis care to children six weeks old through six years of age whose families are experiencing temporary life altering challenges. This program is funded by private donations from the community through the Wallis Christmas Foundation (which was created and is overseen by sheriff’s deputies).

For information about the “Christmas with the Kids” program and the Wallis Christmas Foundation, contact Lt. Kerri Blessinger at (812) 421-6261 or Major Mark Rasure (812) 421-6245