EL CENTRO-Â Imperial Valley’s California Highway Patrol (CHP), held their annual “Chips for Kidâ€™s” toy drive, Friday, Dec. 16, bringing the magic of Christmas to those less fortunate in theÂ county.
CHP officer Fernando Alvarez, with help from the California Highway Patrol Explorers, gathered in front of Walgreen’s encouraging those to bring in toys to help their cause. With the CHP already bringing in toys they donated to catch the public attention, shoppers stopped by to give a little more this holiday season.
â€œWe are going 10 years holding this toy drive,â€ said Alvarez. â€œIt is great we are able to have gifts donated for others, so that our community can give these children a present to open for Christmas.â€
Walgreen’s also chipped in, offering their shoppers a special discount when picking up a toy-drive gift, ensuring a successful toy drive.
â€œWe had a good turnout this year and the entire department is proud to be able to deliver all these presents to those who truly deserve something under the tree for Christmas,â€ added Alvarez.
All the donated toys went to organizations like CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and other local children’s groups, allowing the items donated to stay local for the most needy children in our community who can’t rely on family for Christmas.
Not only do these gifts go out to childrenÂ experiencing crises, but organizations help find less fortunate families who will be experiencing a sparse Christmas, so their children can enjoy Christmas, in their own home surrounded by family.