Sheriff’s Office Spreads Holiday Spirit to Community

Throughout the winter holidays, members of the Sheriff’s Office have been teaming up to help those in need and spreading holiday cheer in the community.

Page updated on Jan 29, 2016 at 9:50 AM

Classification Outreach at Carpenter's SheleterClassification Counselors spent the morning of Monday, November 16, volunteering at the Carpenter’s Shelter (right). To help shelter staff prepare for the busy holiday season, Classification Manager Latanya Ervin and Counselors Brooke Cole, Angel French, Andrea Hancock, David Ward and Henry Young sorted food donations so they could be used in Thanksgiving baskets. The team, which works with inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, chose the Carpenter’s Shelter because of the outstanding services they provide to people in need, including some recidivists and ex-offenders.

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and Sheriff’s Office staff helped Willie Bailey and Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue distribute coats, turkeys and Thanksgiving baskets to families in need on Monday, November 23 at Charles Houston Rec. Thanks to local businesses and community groups for their generous donations to this program!

The Sheriff’s Office was proud to participate in Project Thanksgiving again this year (below). On Tuesday, November 24, Sergeant Craig Davie picked up complete Thanksgiving meals, donated by Lockheed Martin and their employees, in Manassas. He then delivered them to Hopkins House for distribution to Alexandria families. This awesome team effort ensured that 16 families in need would enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving!

Inmate Services staff conducted Operation Elf on Thursday, December 17, ensuring that children of inmates in need would receive a holiday gift thanks to Toys for Tots and other generous donors.

Sheriff’s Office staff who serve as mentors to Charles Barrett Elementary students participated in a cookie exchange with others in the Mentoring Matters, and Deputy Valarie Wright took her mentee to the school’s Holiday Shop on Saturday, December 12, where kids could make handmade holiday gifts.

The Alexandria Sheriff's Association once again donated gifts for a child in need through the City’s Holiday Sharing Program. Deputy Andrea Diaz, Vice-President of the ASA, selected and purchased the gifts for a little girl in foster care and delivered them last week to DCHS which runs Holiday Sharing.

2015 Project Thanksgiving