MOUNT VERNON - Arms of an Angel Foundation, a local drug awareness outreach organization, has been working diligently to raise $18,000 to purchase and train a drug/patrol K-9 unit for the Mount Vernon Police Department. Bruce D. White, CEO of Knox Community Hospital, and certified KCH therapy dog Rigby, were pleased to present a check for $1,000 to president of Arms of an Angel Foundation, Dave Culbertson. According to Culbertson, the last week of donations and events, including KCH’s donation pushed the fundraising over the top for the first dog and soon things can move forward with the selection of the canine officer and its handler.
Bruce White, left, CEO of Knox Community Hospital, and certified KCH therapy dog Rigby, were pleased to present a check for $1,000 to president of Arms of an Angel Foundation, Dave Culbertson. Photo submitted
Culbertson is scheduled to present the $18,000 check to MVPD Chief Roger Monroe Friday afternoon at 3:30 on the City Hall steps. The public is encouraged to attend to show support for the police department.
Donations can still be made by check, made out to Arms of an Angel Foundation, and sent to 1485 Yauger Road, Mount Vernon. All donations are tax deductible, and receipts are emailed to donors immediately. All extra funds will be earmarked for a second dog, either for Knox County Sheriff’s Department or Mount Vernon Police Department, whichever has the logistics in place for the next dog.