Prior to Christmas, L.A. Councilwoman Traci Park joined Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division officers for a toy drive giveaway for families in need on the Westside. More than 2,000 toys were distributed.
“It was an honor and a privilege to support the significant and often unseen work of our police officers in spreading holiday cheer to local families in our community,” Councilwoman Park said. “With so many families struggling financially across the Westside, it is heartwarming to know that our public safety partners are taking the lead on ensuring that every family has a happy holiday season.”
The Pacific Division launched the toy giveaway in the early 90s to help families in need. “This is one of those times of the year when the community gets together to give back,” said Sergeant Brian Cook. “It’s a great feeling.”
Toy distribution happened at places like the Boys and Girls Clubs and the Mar Vista Family Center in the Westside, and deliveries were also made to individual families.
“I can’t think of anything more enjoyable for our police officers,” Pacific Division Captain Steve Embrich said. “We looked forward to delivering the toys to these kids in need.”
Embrich also pointed out the popularity of the department’s sleigh, which they use to distribute toys. “We get a lot of positive interaction from the sleigh and wish we could take it out more.”
“I enjoy the idea that the police department has such a good relationship with the community and that we have a councilwoman who is also cultivating a good relationship with the community,” said Mark Antonio who serves as Liaison to the LAPD Pacific Division. “This is a prime example of how relationships work together.”