Dozens of Culpeper children were invited to a breakfast at Pepper’s Grill on Saturday, Dec. 14, for a chance to meet with Santa Clause and take home gifts purchased just for them.
The ‘Santa Cop’ event brought together local families, Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office deputies, CCSO volunteers, Virginia State Police troopers and staff from Head Start in Culpeper.
As children were called by family to visit with Santa, deputies and troopers handed out bags full of presents to each child. The presents were purchased using funds raised during an annual golf tournament in August and subsequent donations from area businesses and individuals.
Between the golf tournament and additional donations, the greater Culpeper community helped the Sheriff’s Office raise approximately $20,000 for the Culpeper Sheriff’s Charitable Fund.
Participating families are chosen by staff members from Culpeper County Public Schools; the Sheriff’s Office wanted to help families who may not have otherwise been able to afford needed items and gifts for the holidays.
Infants, young children and teenagers were all recipients of gift bags.
Each family was offered a take-home gift basket that included a turkey and side dishes for a holiday meal.
A portion of funds raised for Santa Cop were also used to benefit other community agencies.
Sheriff Scott Jenkins made a $1000 donation to Culpeper’s Senior Nutrition Center. In addition, the CCSO also donated food baskets and turkeys to The Place, another center for senior citizens in Culpeper.
Sheriff Jenkins and those involved in this year’s Santa Cop, would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals for their generous contributions.
It is because of the continued support of the Culpeper community that local law enforcement can provide such a rewarding program to area families and children.