Police & City Employees Volunteer at Fifth Annual Salvation Army/Simi Valley PD Toy Event

unhealthy arial, cialis sans-serif;”>December 19, 2015, marked the 5th year for the Salvation Army/Simi Valley Police Department Holiday Toy Event that benefits local families. Simi Valley police and city employees volunteered their day to help Simi Valley families by handing out toys to over 300 less fortunate children and special gifts to over 50 senior community members. 80 lucky children also won a brand new bicycle during the holiday gift give away event, compliments of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise.

In their ongoing partnership with the Salvation Army Simi Valley Food Bank and their new event partners, the Simi Valley Unified School District, police personnel and professional staff members from throughout the City joined together to help make this special holiday event a huge success. This year’s event was hosted at Monte Vista School where Principal, Dr. Stephen Pietrolungo and Officer Rob Longdon took turns playing the role of Santa this year. Both Dr. Pietrolungo and Officer Longdon helped spread holiday cheer to all of the children and their family members who were there to share in a special day.

Many of the toys were provided through the generosity of City of Simi Valley employees who selected a child’s name from an “Angel Tree” and then went shopping for their special holiday gifts. When all was said and done, the City employees had sponsored 200 children. Additional toys were provided by the Simi Valley Police Foundation Touch-A-Truck Event which hosted a toy drive in support of the Salvation Army/Simi Valley Police Department Holiday Toy Event.

During the evening hours of December 19th, Santa, (Principal Pietrolungo) and his volunteer Simi Valley Police Department and Ventura County Fire Department elves delivered bikes and holiday gifts to five local families. The five families were selected by the Salvation Army to have Santa personally deliver their gifts.

All of the families that participated in this year’s holiday event had a special celebration and reminded all of us who were a part of it what the reason for the season is. On behalf of the Simi Valley Police Department and all of our holiday toy event partners, we would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

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Photo Credits: Simi Valley Police Department

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