The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office C.O.P.S (Caring Officers Provide Smiles) for Christmas will once again hold its annual fundraiser that enables them to add some magic to the holiday season for local families who might otherwise go without, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Each year, C.O.P.S for Christmas helps provide several St. Bernard families with things such as toys, food, clothing and household and toiletry items. Bicycles also are usually donated by a local business.

Funding for this annual program is made possible through fundraisers, items collected from local businesses and donations from deputies.

This year’s chili cook off fundraiser will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St. in Old Arabi. The judging will be held between 11 and 11:30 a.m., and the winner will be announced between 2 and 2:30 p.m.

The event will feature live music by Rock Kandy, food, refreshments, and games. There also will be vendors selling wares, raffles to participate in and alcohol available for purchase.

Advance wristbands will be $25 per person for ages 12 and older and $8 per person for ages 6-11. Wristbands at the event will be $30 per person for ages 12 and older and $10 per person for ages 6-11. Children ages 5 and under will be admitted free.
Team and vendor spots are available.

For more information, email [email protected].