It was a little bit of a different year for the Rick Magill Memorial Clothe-A-Child, but the spirit of helping children was still the same. Instead of taking children and their families to Paoli Walmart to shop for clothing items, families instead went to local police departments across the county to receive items. This year the Rick Magill Memorial Clothe-A-Child was able to help more than 175 children.

“I’m proud of our local law enforcement that turned out to help Orange County families and children in need during the Rick Magill Memorial Clothe-A-Child,” said Orange County Sheriff Josh Babcock. “Rick was always dedicated to the communities he served, which is why it is important to us that we honor his memory by helping our neighbors during the holidays and throughout the year.”

Organizer Garland Copeland explained that the COVID-19 pandemic not only complicated how they help the children, but has hampered fundraising efforts this year, too. In a typical year they are able to raise $20,000, but this year they were only able to collect $10,000. With every penny collected going towards helping the kids, the Rick Magill Memorial Clothe-A-Child was able to stretch their dollars to help as many children as possible.

Each year, officers with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Paoli, French Lick, West Baden Springs and Orleans police departments, Indiana Conservation Officers and Indiana State Police donate their time to help the community. This year they wreceived an extra hand from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, who also provided extra coats to help keep kids warm this winter.

“It’s been another year of blessings with the different police departments and the community coming together to make this year another success,” said Copeland. “We had to do things differently this year due to the pandemic, but we continue to help the children each holiday season. We are truly blessed here in Orange County.”

Anyone wishing to help the Rick Magill Memorial Clothe-A-Child may donate send their donations to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, ATTN: Garland Copeland, 205 East Main Street, Suite 5, Paoli, IN 47454. Checks should be made out to Rick Magill Memorial Clothe-A-Child.