Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Jun 28, 2021 - 1:14PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, WCHDSA, and AT&T Pioneers host third annual Christmas in July Back-to-School Event for local children

Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Washoe County Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association and AT&T Pioneers, are excited to host the third annual Christmas in July Back-to-School Event Saturday, July 31, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.


Just in time for the 2021/2022 school year, Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam, deputies, and volunteers will provide roughly 600 students from the Northern Nevada area with backpacks, school supplies, hygiene items, lunch, and a little carnival fun in the sun!

Students from pre-kindergarten through high school will be welcome, and distribution will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The men and women of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office look forward to providing our future, our community’s children, with essentials for when school resumes,” said Sheriff Balaam. “We are thrilled to also provide a fun carnival-style event for the entire family. This truly is a celebration for our youth, and a kickoff to a good school year ahead.”

The inaugural Christmas in July in 2019 served 265 children. It was so popular that the second annual Christmas in July served 450 children. And last year’s event was a drive-through event due to COVID-19. Throughout the remainder of the year, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office was able to distribute the remaining 155 backpacks to children who were unable to make the event.

Face coverings are recommended, but no longer required for guests who are fully vaccinated. All guests, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office staff and volunteers who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering at all times except when actively eating or drinking.


Third Annual Christmas in July

When:             Saturday, July 31, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where:           Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows; 2680 E. 9th Street, Reno
Contact:         Sarah Johns (775) 391-0407
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The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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