DATE: Monday, December 9th, 2013
SUBJECT: Christmas with the Kids
CONTACT: Lt. Jim Martin (812)421-6200
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Eric Williams 

On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 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 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Wal-Mart Super Center located at 401 N. Burkhardt Rd. Evansville, Indiana. 
Members of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office have enjoyed providing this service to children of the Tri-State area for several years. Members of the Sheriff’s Office will team up with the ARK Crisis Child Care Center for this special event. This year, members of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office were able to double the amount of children served in large part by a generous donation from Clark Power Supply, based out of Cincinnati, Ohio with offices in Henderson, Kentucky. 
During the shopping event, members of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will help the children pick out needed clothing and household items as well as Christmas toys that may be on their wish list. The children will also receive help picking out an item for their family members in an attempt to show the importance of giving during this holiday season. 
The ARK Crisis Child Care Center is located at 415 Lincoln Ave. Evansville, IN 47713 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. For information about the “Christmas with the Kids” program and the Wallis Christmas Foundation, contact Lt. Jim Martin at (812) 421-6200.
Members of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will also adopt some local families who have requested assistance during the holiday season and host a holiday celebration for those families and staff staying at the Goodwill Family Shelter located at 1351 W. Buena Vista Road in Evansville. These programs are all funded and supported by the T. Wallis Christmas Foundation.