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How We Give Back

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)

Holiday Food Basket Fundraiser

2023 marks our 44th 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, potatoes, stuffing, mac-n-cheese, rice, fruits and vegetables, cereal, and drink mix.

If you know someone who may be in need during the holidays please click here for application information. 

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 us to support our programs more. 


We are asking that you update your contact information by clicking here.  

 Your donation also helps to make 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 Jake Laird Memorial Fund


For 44 consecutive years Carmel Police Officers and the Carmel FOP has partnered with the Good Samaritan Network to provide 34,750 boxes of food (including 1,000+ boxes in each of the last 4 years) 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.


For the last 4 years we have also partnered with our local 96th Street Sam's Club. Sam's Club has gone above and beyond to help us obtain all the food that goes into the food baskets. Since we are getting our food from Sam's Club, it has made it possible to put larger quantities of food into the food baskets at the same prices we were paying a local grocery store for a smaller amount of food. 


Along with helping us with pricing, Sam's Club has also provided us a grant each year which is used to help pay for the food.  They have been a great addition to our Food Basket Program.

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.

2023 Food Basket Fundraiser

P.O. Box 3142

Carmel, IN 46082-3142


Once we receive your donation, our Foundation will will mail your receipt, and include a NEW 2024 FOP Booster decal (similar to the ones pictured below, with the current year in the middle) that affixes to the outside of your vehicle’s window or business to proudly show your support of your local law enforcement officers! Donors will receive a high quality reflective sticker that is easily seen day or night!


We feel it's important to recognize our top supporters so we now have Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of sponsorship.


If you have ANY questions about our fundraising program please don't hesitate to contact our Foundation's Executive Director Tonya Tilson at and she will reply promptly.


Thank you for supporting your local law enforcement officers, and our fundraising programs!

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