From the Indian Harbor Beach, Fl. Police Dept. “Thank you Marianne Legg (Prayer Coordinator) and Grace Communion Melbourne for your generous donation to some of the less fortunate families of Ocean Breeze Elementary”

Christmas Outreach 2020
It is that time of year again and the holiday season is approaching quickly. The Indian Harbour Beach Police Department is beginning its preparation for the 35th Annual Indian Harbour Beach Police Department’s Christmas Outreach Program. This has been a very unique program and very personal to the Police Department over the years. It allows the Police Department and community members of Indian Harbour Beach an opportunity to collaborate and make a difference for local families and senior citizens that are need during the Holiday Season. We understand this has been a very challenging year for many with the increase of the Coronavirus, so any feasible assistance would be greatly appreciated.
How the program works:
   School Resource Officer Jennifer Imperato (Officer Jen) works with Ocean Breeze Elementary School to identify Indian Harbour Beach children whose family may have had a challenging year and are possibly struggling to provide Christmas gifts to their children. Once those families are identified, Officer Jen will make contact with the parents to obtain the child’s “Christmas Wish List”. If the family has other children in the household, they will be included.
Officer Jen and partner IHBPD Records Clerk Jeannie Hoffhine, with help from other members of the Police Department (elves), will shop for some of the items on their “Christmas Wish List”. These items include, but are not limited to, clothes, shoes, bikes, school supplies, and toys. The program also identifies Senior Citizens in the Indian Harbour Beach community who may be in need of assistance during the Holiday Season, as well. The program provides the Senior Citizens with gift cards from the stores for their medication, food, and medical supply needs.
The second part of the Christmas Outreach Program is the “Food Pantry”. Several local businesses and residents, families of Ocean Breeze Elementary students, and Church for the Beach participate in a food drive to collect canned and boxed foods for the food pantry. All the collected food items are placed in Indian Harbour Beach City Hall’s Council Chambers. The families will schedule a pick up for their wrapped gifts to place under the Christmas tree. When they receive their items, they can choose from the donated food items for all their holiday fixings, as well as Turkeys that are provided for the Holiday dinner.
   What really makes this program special is the fact that it is entirely funded by Indian Harbour Beach citizens and businesses. 100% of the proceeds that are donated to the program go directly towards the purchase of Christmas gifts and food items for the families in need. With the help of our community, the program was able to provide food and gifts to approximately 70 children from over 20 families and approximately 12 Senior Citizens. This would not have been possible without our wonderful community and their generous donations.
If you are able to donate to this worthy and heart-warming cause, your donation would be greatly appreciated. Due to restrictions this year, we will only be collecting monetary donations for the children’s gift items. We understand this year has been challenging so any donation would be appreciated if you can. Checks should be made payable to the City of Indian Harbour Beach with the notation “Christmas Outreach” in the reference.
Please contact Officer Jennifer Imperato 321-423-1977 or jimperato@indianharbour.org or Jeannie Hoffhine 321-773-3030
or jhoffhine@indianharbour.org if you know a family or senior citizen in need, or if you have any questions regarding this program. Again, thank you for helping make this program an amazing success and continuing to make a difference for the families and senior citizens in our Indian Harbour Beach community.