Most of our fundraising is achieved through our annual Holiday Food Basket fundraiser, your enrollment in the Kroger Community Rewards program (click here for enrollment instructions) and donations via Amazon Smile (click here for our page).  2020 marks our 40th consecutive year for our food basket fundraiser.  Each year the lodge conducts a solicitation campaign to raise money from the residents and businesses in Carmel to help feed less fortunate families in Hamilton County during the holidays.  With help from the community, the FOP supplies food boxes at Thanksgiving and Christmas to those in need.  These food “baskets” (large cardboard boxes) contain all the trimmings for a traditional holiday dinner including a large ham or turkey, sugar, flour, pasta, rice, fruits and vegetables, cereal, and Kool-Aid.

     For 40 consecutive years Carmel Police Officers and the Carmel FOP has partnered with the Good Samaritan Network to provide 31,000 boxes of food (including 1,000 boxes in 2019) to hungry families!  The Good Samaritan Network picks up the food boxes after officers, their families and volunteers pack the boxes on an assembly line and load them onto a truck.  The Good Samaritan Network then uses their database to ensure there is no overlap or shortfall for those who are truly in need.  If you know someone who may be in need during the holidays please click here for application information.  


   Your donations are 100% tax deductible and all of the funds go straight to our foundation as we DO NOT HIRE OUTSIDE SOLICITORS.  We are able to take your donation via credit card by clicking here or by mailing your donation to:


Carmel FOP Lodge 185 Foundation, Inc.

2019 Food Basket Fundraiser

P.O. Box 3142

Carmel, IN 46082-3142


     Once we receive your donation, I will mail your receipt & also include a NEW 2020 FOP Booster decal (similar to the ones pictured below) that affixes to the outside of your vehicle’s window or business to proudly show your support of your local law enforcement officers!  We feel it's important to recognize our top supporters so we now have Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of sponsorship as indicated by the picture below.  Those donors will receive a high quality reflective sticker that is easily seen day or night!


If you have ANY questions about our fundraising program please don't hesitate to contact me at and I will promptly reply.  Thank you for supporting your local law enforcement officers! 


Tonya Tilson

Executive Director

Carmel FOP Lodge 185 Foundation, Inc.


 Your donation also makes the following programs possible:


*Sponsorship of the Carmel Police Department Child Safety Seat Program.  Click here to learn more about this important program and schedule your appointment with them today!


*Financial assistance to officers and their families who are killed or injured in the line of duty

*The FOP College Scholarship Program


*The FOP Disaster Relief Fund


*The Jake Laird Memorial Fund


*The Jason Baker Public Safety Scholarship


*Local youth sports sponsorship


*D.A.R.E. of Indiana


*American Cancer Society Relay for Life


*Prevail of Hamilton County


*Chaucie’s Place


*Komen Walk for the Cure


*Special Olympics of Indiana


*Tatum's Bags of Fun which distributes backpacks filled with activities, games & toys to every child diagnosed with cancer in Indiana


*Specialized training and equipment for Carmel Police Officers including Crisis Intervention Team training in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to train officers AT NO COST how to better respond to those suffering from a mental health crisis


*Leadership training seminars for lodge members through the National FOP


*Hamilton County Law Enforcement Memorial Service


*Carmel National Night Out Event


*The Carmel Heroes Club


*Crime Stoppers


*Carmel Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 4444


*Walk Now for Autism Speaks


*Indianapolis Police Foundation Code One Fund


*Indiana Concerns of Police Survivors


*Hamilton County Public Safety Communications Center


*Hoosier Burn Camp Ride


*Carmel Lions Club


*Trinity Clinic Car Seat Program



     We are trying to initiate a “go green” approach by collecting updated information from everyone so that we can send future food basket information in electronic form which will save us postage and allow for more donations.  We are asking that you please update your contact information by clicking here.

2016 Strikes for Special Olympics

2017 Scholarship Recipients

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Donors under $250

The Carmel FOP Lodge 185 Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that donates to various local and national charitable organizations.

(Federal Tax ID: 47-1781665)