Program has helped hundreds of families throughout Hammond over the past 15 years
Hammond F.O.P. members distribute food
December1, 2017-On December 15 and 16, the Hammond Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Lodge 51, will host the annual Christmas Food Basket program. “This program has been in existence for more than fifteen years, and officers have been able to help hundreds of families in its existence enjoy a large meal (and then some) for the holiday” stated Michael C. Elkmann, President of Hammond Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #51.
FOP Members and Auxiliary spend months in preparation for the annual event which is supported by officers, auxiliary and the community. The FOP receives names of families in need through the School City of Hammond. Working with the School City “is a great way to make sure we are helping the largest number of families, and positively influencing our kids- the most vulnerable population of our community” Elkmann stated. This year the School City will take an extra step in assisting as students in the media program at the Area Career Center will document the event in the form of a video documentary. St. Margaret Mercy Hospital emergency room staff have also pitched in and will be adding toiletry items kitchen paper items to the baskets this year.
“I am personally humbled and thankful for the outpour of support and offers from area businesses and citizens alike. This is the season for giving, and there is no shortage of people who wish to do just that” Elkmann concluded.
There is still time to help. Any amount is appreciated and will go directly to local families in need. You can contribute via the Hammond FOP Christmas Food Baskets GoFundMe page or by sending a check to Hammond FOP #51 Auxiliary
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and sent to PO Box #533 Hammond, IN 46325.
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