The HCSO has launched its Christmas with a Cop fundraiser with a goal of bringing in $4,500 in order to serve 30 children.
Every year the HCSO “adopts” about 30 youngsters from the Of One Accord ministry’s Christmas for the Children program.
Those 30 lucky children receive a party at the sheriff’s office. Last year, the meal was pizza, but this year Hardee’s is donating the food.
Aside from a meal, there are fun activities during the party such as making balloon animals and face painting.
Afterward, the youngsters ride in an armored troop transport vehicle to the Rogersville Walmart, where they will be paired with a deputy for a $150 shopping spree to buy anything they want.
A motorcycle ride to benefit the program is scheduled for Oct. 20, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Christmas with a Cop.
Riders will meet at the Rogersville City Park, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. and “kickstands up” at noon.
A minimum $15 contribution is requested for riders and $5 for passengers.
The route hasn’t been released as of yet, but the goal is to take advantage of Hawkins County’s beautiful scenery and hopefully some fall colors.
Riders will return to the Rogersville City Park in time for a BBQ lunch and silent auction at 2 p.m.
Non-bikers are encouraged to attend the BBQ lunch for a minimum $10 donation per person and to bid on the silent auction items which have been contributed.
Among the silent auction items collected so far are Dollywood tickets, Wonderworks tickets, Titanic tickets, merchandise from Luella’s, fireworks, homemade flags, wreaths and other items.
Donations of silent auction items are still being accepted.
For information about other ways to make contributions to Christmas with a Cop, call the HCSO during business hours at (423) 272-4848.
Of One Accord is taking applications for Christmas for the Children in the downtown Rogersville office located in Market Place across the street from the Shepherd’s Center.
Interviews held in Rogersville will be Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Church Hill area residents can go to the Emergency Services Food Pantry in the Church Hill Shopping Center on Mondays or Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m.
Parents or guardians who come to register their children for the program need to provide four types of information for their family and children: Proof of income; proof of current address; proof of eligible children; and correct sizes of children’s clothes and shoes.
For more information about registering a youngster for Christmas for the Children, contact Jennifer Kinsler at (423) 500-1019.