The Sheriff’s Office had identified more than 60 eligible inmates whose children might benefit from Operation Elf, and then the week before Christmas, inmates’ families visited the Sheriff’s Office to select donated toys, books, games and even gift cards for kids who have a parent incarcerated at the Adult Detention Center.
Guests were greeted by Inmate Services and Alternative Programs staff playing holiday music amid festive decorations. Staff escorted families so they could select toys and other gifts for children ranging from infants to older teens, and kids were treated to juice boxes, cookies and other snacks.
This charitable effort not only assists families in need but also helps families stay connected during the holidays, which encourages a smoother transition once ex-offenders return to the community.
The Sheriff’s Office appreciates the generous donations provided by organizations including the Hoffman Family, Inc., Northern Virginia AKA Sorority Chapter, Capital Christmas Group, Warwick Village Civic Association, Toys for Tots, First Baptist Church, Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue, and Temple Beth El, and by individuals including generous community members, representatives of the Correctional Services Advisory Board, and employees at the Alexandria Public Defender’s Office and Adult Probation and Parole District 36.