Sheriffs’ Christmas ornaments to benefit at-risk kids at youth ranch

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BRAZIL, Ind. — Indiana sheriffs and deputies are using Giving Tuesday to kick-off sales of commemorative ornaments to benefit a Chaplain’s Fund for at-risk kids at the Indiana Sheriff’s Youth Ranch.

Donations of $100 are being sought statewide to help teens living in poverty with expected spiritual, clothing and hygiene needs when the visit the youth ranch now under development in West Central Indiana.

“Wooden cowboy boot ornaments, which are made in the U.S.A., will be engraved with the donor’s name and hung forever on our ‘Hoosier Hearthside Tree’ in the Lodge & Conference Center,” said John Layton, retired sheriff of Marion County and president of the ISYR. “Visitors ― young and old alike ― will always know who generously kicked in for our Chaplain’s Fund in 2019.”  

Putnam County Sheriff and ISYR Vice President Scott Stockton said experience has taught the sheriffs that often teens come to summer camps without needed items as simple as toothbrushes and socks.

Layton said the $100-per-ornament fundraiser will set aside funds to be used by ISYR along with discounts from nearby merchants.

“Our goal is to raise $5,000 this holiday season to prepare for youth day-visits next summer and beyond.” 

To make tax-deductible donations, click here or send checks to: Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, c/o Chaplain’s Fund, 5325 N. State Road 59, Brazil, IN 47834. A note should be enclosed as to how the 2019 commemorative ornament should be engraved. Up to 12 characters are possible.

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