Sheriff’s Office will make Christmas bright

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office annual Shop for Kids event (similar to “Shop with a Cop”) is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9. This year, members of the Sheriff’s Office will be hosting 51 less-fortunate area youth, ranging in age from two to teenagers, on a holiday shopping trip to the Target store in Fishers.

Each young person is paired with a deputy, officer, or employee as a caravan of squad cars escorts the shoppers along State Road 37 to the store. Once there, each child receives $150 to spend on gifts for themselves and their families. Shoppers often purchase important essentials such as winter clothes, boots and school supplies along with toys, games and other holiday surprises. The morning wraps up with a snack and time to get to know members of the Sheriff’s Office.

Funds to support Hamilton County Shop for Kids are raised through donations and events throughout the year. Numerous individuals, businesses and organizations, along with the employees of the Sheriff’s Office, pitch in to make each year a great success for area youth.

This year is the ninth Shop for Kids event sponsored by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Over the past years, nearly 400 less-fortunate young people from around the area have been assisted with almost $50,000 in clothes, necessities and other items provided to deserving children.