Nine families in Monterey Park got a much brighter and much louder Christmas, thanks to the efforts of City police officers and many other supporters.
Santa Claus delivered Christmas toys and other gifts while accompanied by police cars and two fire trucks all with emergency lights blazing, horns blaring and sirens on full emergency levels on Tuesday evening, Dec. 19, 2017.
The spectacular gift delivery was the brainchild of two MPPD officers, staff members, Sgt. Paul Yniguez and Lt. Brent Archibald.
They came up with an idea earlier this year to identify needy families in the city whose Christmas could be made brighter by delivering presents to their children. They identified nine families for Santa Claus to visit.
They also sought out the assistance of the Fire Department and Garfield Medical Center. Wells Fargo Branch in Monterey also joined in the “Secret Santa” effort by helping in the toy collection.
“We took donations of toys and our folks planned out the route. On Tuesday night a group of police and fire personnel along with representatives from Garfield Medical Center and Wells Fargo took Santa Claus out to deliver the gifts and spread Christmas cheer throughout the City,” Police Chief Jim Smith said.
As police and fire trucks delivered the Christmas gifts, many residents came out to see what the commotion was. They were treated to lots of police and fire lights and sirens escorted by city motorcycle officers who cleared the way and controlled many surprised motorists.
While the chosen families received the gifts, candy canes were given out to everyone else encountered in the delivery process.
“It was a fun filled evening and our folks made a great impact on the families we assisted,” said Chief Smith.
Santa Claus was helped with about 30 people who participated. They included Police officers, Firefighters, and Human Resources staff members, Garfield Medical Center personnel, Wells Fargo personnel, and the youth Explorers from the Fire and Police Department.