Operation Elf Helps Children of Inmates

Over the holiday season, 250 children of Alexandria inmates received toys, games, books and other gifts, thanks to Operation Elf supporters and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office.

Page updated on Jan 6, 2017 at 1:32 PM

2016 Operation Elf TeamOn Thursday, December 15, inmates’ families visited the Sheriff’s Office and selected donated gifts for children who have a parent incarcerated at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. The Sheriff’s Office had identified eligible inmates whose children might benefit from Operation Elf and then arranged for family members or guardians to visit the Sheriff’s Office and select toys, gifts and even gift cards.

Members of the Inmate Services staff as well as Probation Officers from the Virginia Probation & Parole District 36 Office greeted families and helped direct them to age-appropriate gifts.

This charitable effort not only assists families in need but also helps keep families connected during the holidays, encouraging a smoother transition once ex-offenders return to the community.

The Sheriff’s Office is especially grateful for the donations provided by Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota, Alexandria Police COPS Unit, Correctional Services Advisory Board, Firefighters and Friends, staff at Virginia Probation & Parole District 36, Offender Aid and Restoration, Toys for Tots, and other generous donors.