On August 12, 2016, the Mechanicsburg Eagles and corporate sponsor, CRSI, hosted a Bluegrass Festival benefiting the Champaign County Sheriff Office, FOP Lodge #46, for their annual Children’s Christmas Fund. The event was called “Wipe Out A Blue Christmas” and was a huge success. The proceeds will assist the FOP Lodge #46 to provide Christmas to less fortunate children in Champaign County.
Champaign County Sheriff’s Deputies, represented by FOP Lodge #46 started the Christmas program in 2014 helping families within Champaign County. This program “Wipe out a Blue Christmas” has really grown over the past three years. Deputies obtain a list of families and then purchase gifts for each family. Deputies, members of the Eagles and employees at CRSI will help wrap these gifts. On a special date in December, deputies will deliver the presents to those families along with a special guest, Santa Claus, who will ride along in a patrol vehicle, leaving his sleigh parked for the evening.
According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, “Every day, our deputies come into contact with people in the community who are struggling during these difficult economic times. Christmas is a time for celebration, but some families are struggling just to put food on the table, let alone to provide presents for their children. That is why we try to make a difference as public servants.”
The Mechanicsburg Eagles, along with corporate sponsors CRSI and Urbana Orbis Corporation, graciously stepped forward to help – which enables the sheriff’s office to expand its efforts in helping the less fortunate families within the Champaign County area.
Donation barrels can be found at the Mechanicsburg Eagles, located at 2306 Eagle Road, Woodstock; CRSI, located at 1150 Scioto St., Urbana; and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, located at 308 Miami St., Urbana.
Anyone interested in helping with this great cause can purchase a new toy and bring it unwrapped to one of those drop off locations. We can all make a difference in our community! Please help us “Wipe out a Blue Christmas!”
Information from Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.