This is the season of giving, an important one for many of the organizations that not only work to ensure a Christmas for everyone, but also depend on seasonal donations to make it through the year. Below is a look at where three of those efforts are so far:

Salvation Army

Christmas Campaign

The Salvation Army of Madison is now in the third week of this year’s Christmas Campaign. They are still $94,305.49 away from their goal.

“Currently, the overall giving of the Christmas Campaign is behind a bit and we have lots of ground to cover in a few weeks,” said Lt. Vinal Lee.

Lee said Tuesday that the Salvation Army received nearly $5,000 from the annual Great Cookie Caper fundraiser organized and hosted by VisitMadison personnel, which ended last Saturday.

The familiar Red Kettles and bell ringers are out at local retail locations in Madison and Hanover collecting donations that will all help the Salvation Army meet the goal of $120,000.

The Christmas Campaign includes fundraising efforts like the Red Kettles, mailers and online donation opportunities.

Lee said that Kettle Bell stationed at Kroger soon will be equipped with a card machine.

“People will be able to swipe their card and make a safe, secured $5 donation to the Salvation Army,” said Lee. “We are hoping that giving people an option to make a non-cash donation will help motivate giving.”

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Campaign continues in Jefferson County until Monday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, but all donations given through the end of the year will be included in the campaign’s total end result.

The Christmas Campaign makes up around 30 percent of the local organization’s annual budget for the following year. So, the funds donated in about six short weeks at the end of the year benefit families and local programing year round.

At the start of the campaign, Lee said: “We’ve done the math. If everyone in Jefferson County gave $3.42, we’ll make it…It takes less than $4 to impact countless families throughout all of our services and programs all year.”

To register to ring and help collect donations, go to

Shop with a Cop

Local law enforcement and their shopping buddies will fill the Madison Walmart the evening of Friday, Dec. 14 for the local Christmas with a Cop.

Each year, local law enforcement agencies raise money to help about 45 to 50 local children have the Christmas they look forward to all year.

During the shopping trip, cops, kids and families find clothing necessities and toys.

Yancy Denning with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office explained they typically spend around $175 on each child.

The FOP #128 members, with help from the VFW legion riders and FOP Auxiliary, have raised around $10,000 so far, said Denning, the FOP’s treasurer.

In addition to providing Christmas gifts, the officers also provide the supplies for a Christmas meal for each participating family.

The officers still are reviewing applications for participants and collecting donations from the community. Donations are accepted at the Madison Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office by drop-off or mail-in. Checks can be made out to Christmas with a Cop.

Before the officers and shoppers head to Walmart, they’ll meet at the VFW Post in Madison for pizza.

The FOP #128 includes officers from the Madison Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Hanover Police Department, Indiana Gaming Commission, Indiana Parol and Louisville Airport Police.

DSI Emergency

Client Fund

Developmental Services Inc. is asking for donations for its Client Emergency and Enhancement Fund this holiday season.

“One hundred percent of your donation goes directly to this fund and helps our clients,” said Claire Hirsch, DSI development coordinator, in a news release. “It is managed by frontline DSI staffers who are the most familiar with our clients and their greatest needs. The funds can be accessed quickly for emergencies like temporary housing for someone whose guardian has died suddenly.”

Hirsch also noted that some of the contributions will allow disabled individuals to take part in social events like dances as well as educational or recreational field trips to museums, zoos, and parks.

“Most of the individuals DSI serves do not have much in the way of extra money to do things some of us may take for granted,” added Hirsch. “And DSI clients really appreciate the kindness. I think making a donation is a great investment in someone’s life and the community.”

The Client Emergency and Enhancement Fund support four key areas:

• Client emergencies which include quick but temporary emergency housing, payment of a utility or doctor bill, groceries, replacement glasses, etc.

• Self-advocacy initiatives such as client trips to meet state or federal political representatives, client memberships to join service organizations in the community, etc.

• Client outings and activities that help people with disabilities discover community resources like parks, libraries, and museums. Many of these experiences translate into practical life skills learning

• Special events like formal dances, holiday celebrations and cookouts that offer unique social experiences and create lasting friendships and memories

Developmental Services Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that provides services for adults and children with disabilities in a combined 56-county area in Indiana. DSI and Four Rivers have industry and service facilities in 11 counties, including Jefferson. The organization provides early intervention for infants and toddlers, residential living options, job training, placement and follow-along, respite care, family support, individualized community-based services and many other services.

DSI receives financial support from local Arc’s, county commissioners, individual and group contributions, local, state, and federal funds, Indiana Division on Aging and Rehabilitative Services, United Funds, and the United Way.

All of the services provided by DSI are approved or certified by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Indiana Department of Public Instruction and the Indiana State Board of Health.

Anyone wanting to make a tax-deductible donation to the Client Emergency and Enhancement Fund can go to DSI’s Facebook page or website ( Donors can receive a giving envelope and fund information by calling toll free 1-800-745-7686.

Courier staff writer Tali Hunt can be reached at (812) 265-3641 or at