Santa Cop Program
December 21, 2016
CULPEPER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SANTA COP
Ice sheeted roads didn’t stop Culpeper County Deputies from delivering Christmas cheer to children and seniors in Culpeper County Saturday December 17th.
The annual Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office Santa Cop gift distribution went off without a hitch although a few hours later than anticipated. Originally recipients were to gather at Peppers’ Restaurant in the Best Western Motel to meet Santa, have breakfast and pick up presents.
“The next best thing,” according to Culpeper Sheriff Scott Jenkins, “was to take the gifts to them.”
Eight deputies fanned out delivering over 500 purchased gifts to children. A full turkey dinner with all the trimmings came with the gifts. In addition the deputies delivered 19 turkey dinners to seniors in the county the names of which came for the Senior Angel Tree Program.
A few families chose to pick up their gift packages at the Sheriff’s Office so the Christmas cheer carried on beyond the Saturday festivities to include this week.
Earlier in the week Sheriff Jenkins, on behalf of the Santa Cop program, donated $1000 to Gladys Williams at the Culpeper Senior Nutrition Site.
Every year the Culpeper Sheriff’s Annual Golf Tournament, private contributions and the 5k run sponsored by the Office provides the funding for Santa Cop and for the donation to the Senior Nutrition Center.
“I am very appreciative of the community support for this program,” Sheriff Jenkins said. “It makes Christmas that much better for children and seniors in Culpeper.”
Dear Culpeper Citizens and Business Owners,
The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office will be sponsoring our annual “Santa Cop” program this Christmas season for some of the county’s neediest children. The date for this year’s program will be December 17, 2016. With the holiday season upon us, it is our goal to make this Christmas a very special time for all children, especially those that would miss out on the holiday fun due to circumstances beyond their families’ financial control.
The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Culpeper County Public Schools has selected children whose families have little or no funds for the Christmas holiday. Once the participating children are selected, the parents are contacted for their approval and permission to participate. The children and their parents then submit a detailed Christmas Wish List to Santa Cop. The Wish List is similar to the Angel Tree Program and must contain items wanted as well as those that are needed. The list will then be used by Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office employees and volunteers to purchase the gifts.
On December 17, 2016, the children will meet at Pepper’s Grill for a buffet breakfast and visit with Santa before they receive their wrapped presents and a food basket for their families. We leave it to the parent’s discretion to explain the origin of the gifts.
This program will allow Culpeper Deputies to provide a positive officer-child experience. We are asking you, the citizens and business owners, to help us by sponsoring a child. All contributions are tax-deductible and will go toward the enrichment of the lives of the children of Culpeper County.
The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office is very excited about this project. With your help and support, this program will continue to be an annual event that is a huge success.
Thank you for your support of the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office and our youth programs.
Scott H. Jenkins, Sheriff