Jerrod Crockett – First Vice President of UFIO/Chief of International Security (photo courtesy of Jerrod Crockett)

CARROLLTON  — United Forces International Organization (UFIO)   is taking donations to provide a holiday shopping experience for under privileged youth in the area. First Vice President of UFIO and Chief of International Security Jerrod Crockett talks about how the organization started.

Crockett says he became involved with UFIO partly because of his own childhood experiences, which led to  an extensive background of working to improve the lives of youth.


Jerrod Crockett is pictured with Carrollton area youth during a UFIO Halloween event (photo courtesy of Jerrod Crockett)

The UFIO Kids Christmas event, associated with the Fraternal Order of Police Shop with a Cop program, helps children purchase food and necessity items for their families while under safe supervision of local law enforcement officers.

Crockett says the experience not only allows children to have a nice holiday season, but it also  works to improve relationships between youth and law enforcement officers in their communities.

The kids who participate in this event are disadvantaged and often unable to enjoy a holiday shopping  experience without the help of organizations like United Forces International.

It’s important to the officers who are involved in the program to make sure the kids needs are met and that they’re given direction during the special day.

Crockett says  his organization wants to make sure all funds donated go to children in local area. He works out of Carroll County, but as the organization continues to grow, more communities will see United Forces International Organizations in their neighborhoods. He’s also hoping the Kids Christmas will become a yearly occurrence.

The kids who participate in UFIO’s Kids Christmas program end up with memories, Crockett says, they seldom forget.

The organization’s vice president also reminds the community that he and others like him are there to assist the community in any way they can.

For more information about UFIO, click here. To donate to UFIO, click here.