DATE: Thursday, Novemberr 30, 2017
SUBJECT: VCSO Prepares for Christmas with the Kids
RELEASE NUMBER: 2017-NR-078
CONTACT: Sgt. Kerri Blessinger
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
On Monday, December 11, 2017, members of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will participate in their annual “Christmas with the Kids” program. This year’s shopping event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Meijer located at 2622 Menards Drive in Evansville, Indiana.
Since 2001 the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has enjoyed providing this service to children of the Tri-State area every Christmas. Sheriff’s deputies, confinement officers and administrative staff will again team up with the ARK Crisis Child Care Center for this special event.
During the shopping event, members of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will help the children pick out needed clothing items as well as toys from their wish list. The children will also receive help picking out an item for their family members, should they wish to do so, in an attempt to show the importance of giving during the holiday season. After shopping, the kids will be treated to lunch courtesy of Meijer.
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 Sgt. Mark Rasure or Sgt. Kerri Blessinger at (812) 421-6200.