Antioch Police Department’s Season of Giving kicked off on #GivingTuesday, December 1st
When our Records Bureau heard that Antioch Unified School District’s Foster Youth and Homeless Liaison/Student Services Counselor, Mayra, was looking for donations for students who have been affected deeply by the current conditions, they jumped in with both feet! Along with school supplies collected at our #givingtuesday event, they collected sweatshirts, jackets, hats, socks, and gloves to be given to these kids so they can start the New Year off right. A big thank you to Mayra for what she is doing for the kids in our community, as well as to all those who contributed! #seasonofgiving #Antiochstrong #strongertogether
While we didn’t have Rudolph to cut through this morning’s fog, there was plenty of blue to light the way during the Antioch Police Department’s annual holiday giveaway.
More than 200 Antioch families were treated to new toys, groceries and fresh produce.
Some 30 police officers, APD Cadets and other volunteers jumped into action to organize, greet guests and hand out the goods.
Grateful families drove through the parking lot to receive a variety of food and toys ranging from dolls and puzzles to art kits and stuffed animals.
A lucky dozen won the drawing for children’s bicycles thanks to a donation from Bridge Marina Yacht Club.
And, speaking of donations, there was an abundance of toys thanks to Antioch Fellowship Church, Antioch High, Antioch Middle and Park Middle schools, Antioch Woman’s Club, Dr. Ali Shirani (DDS), Golden Hills Community Church, Holy Rosary Church, Sail Bible Study group, Trokiando Truck Club, VFW Antioch, Antioch PAL, Antioch Rotary, White Pony Express and countless wonderful community members and businesses.
Chief Tammany Brooks was hand to greet all visitors and said this is his favorite event.
“I look forward to this every year,” he said. “It brings joy to my heart to see the members of my APD family come together and help those in need. I’m honored to be part of this department and this community.”
The APD has been working for weeks to organize the drive-through event and implement safety procedures.
“Everything went really well,” said Lt. Tarra Mendes, who helped coordinate the day.
Thanks again to all who made this a joyful and giving day for our city and help make the season brighter for many families.
(Please note: All were wearing masks except for the brief time for some photo opps.)