Since 1995 the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has been assisting families who were in need of help during Christmas. Over the progression of twenty years, the mission of the Community Policing Unit and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has been to assist as many families possible. Building relationships and working hand in hand with the community and the Cumberland County School Social Workers, our Shop with A Sheriff Christmas Foundation has branched out into the Christmas in July.
In 2015 the Shop with A Sheriff Foundation assisted 53 families and 133 children from Cumberland County. A total of $22,490.43 was spent for an average of $169.10 spent on each child.. But what about all of the other children that we did not help? The mothers, fathers, and grandparents who called inquiring if we could assist their families were recommended to the Fayetteville Urban Ministry and the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Someone once said "you cannot have a Community without Unity" and Christmas in July was born.
The fourth week in July we began to partner with our local Walmart stores to host the Christmas in July Toy Drive. Once collected we divided those donations between the Fayetteville Urban Ministry and the Salvation Army Angel Tree. These two organizations have been assisting countless families in Cumberland and surrounding counties not only during Christmas but all year long. Working together and building relationships we can all help families have an extraordinary Christmas now and in the future.
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The Cumberland County Shop With a Sheriff Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization, which is a recognized tax-exempt entity and which is separate from and independent of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. This charitable organization is not a governmental entity or an aspect of a governmental unit. Donations to the Shop With a Sheriff Foundation are applied directly to benefit the less fortunate children within Cumberland County, North Carolina, and are not in any manner directed to or used by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office or the County of Cumberland itself.