EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– Some with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s office spent their morning hanging out with kids from the Ark Crisis Care Center. It was part of its annual Christmas with a kid event. Little ones left with new clothes and toys for them and their families.
On a cold day, 20 kids were greeted at Meijer with a warm welcome and some flashing lights. It was a part of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office’s Christmas with a kid.
“This is a great opportunity for us to interact with the community and with these children who are in need and in some level of crisis in their family,” Mark Rasure says.
Rasure is one of the people with the sheriff’s office who helped organize the event. He says each child was given $250 to spend.
“We get to spend some time in a safe environment for them and then being able to give them an opportunity to experience things that so many of us take for granted,” Lieutenant Rasure explains.
But right before the kids got off the bus, he says a Meijer employee decided to add to the total. Donating $50 more for each of the 20 kids. As for those in uniform who joined look forward to this.
“This is kind of a highlight of the year for many of them,” lieutenant Rasure says.
And many of them have been doing this for years.
“It’s a very fun event to do is be a thought to be with some kiddos that it lights up the whole day,” Dan VanWinkle says.
“It’s a great opportunity to get out and be in the community and give kids the ability to have a great Christmas and we could have just as much fun if not more than they do,” Erik Nilssen says.
And for those who take the time to come, they know what they’re doing.
“It was very good very humbling very rewarding,” Chris Roe says.
“You can tell he’s very appreciative too. Very,” Jackie Elder explains.
(This story was originally published on December 10, 2019)