Families benefit from Santa Cop program success

On Saturday, Dec. 14, approximately 40 officers from the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, Culpeper Police Department, and Virginia State Police, to include CPD Explorers, shared breakfast with 31 families at Pepper’s Grill for CCSO’s annual Santa Cop event. Funding for the event is obtained through Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins’s annual golf tournament held in August and private donations to the Culpeper Sheriff’s Charitable Fund, Inc., and this year those contributions went to purchasing Christmas gifts for 113 of the county’s neediest children- at approximately 100 dollars per child, as well as a meal, including a turkey donated by Culpeper’s Wal-Mart, for each family to share on Christmas day. Santa visited with the families after breakfast, as officers helped distribute the wrapped presents and food baskets. On Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Culpeper TRIAD meeting, Sheriff Jenkins presented a check for $1000 to Gladys Williams for the Culpeper Senior Nutrition Center. CCSO donated six turkeys, as well as canned beans, corn, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, and pumpkin pies to The Place, Culpeper’s senior drop-in center that provides cooked meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
The remainder of turkeys and food was given to Culpeper families that would not, otherwise, have a meal for Christmas. Sheriff Jenkins and his staff want to thank all who participated in the annual golf tournament, the private donors, Culpeper Wal-Mart, and Pepper’s Grill for their contributions, which made the event a huge success.