ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office needs the help of residents. With the holidays near, they are asking for donations to Operation Elf, an annual program designed to provide gifts to the children of inmates.
“Operation Elf not only assists families in need but also helps keep families connected during the holidays,” reads a press release, “encouraging a smoother transition once ex-offenders return to the community.”
Those wishing to participate can donate new toys, books, games, and gift cards. The gift cards can be given to older children or used by staff to purchase toys.
During the program, staff makes arrangements for family members to select gifts left at the Sheriff’s Office.
Last year, nearly 200 children received gifts, thanks to the generosity of the community.
Donations are being accepted through Monday, Dec. 14.
To learn more, visit alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/Sheriff/info/2020OperationElfFlyer.pdf, or call Gloria Wright at 703-746-5135.