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El Paso Times logoEl Paso Police Department Gang Unit distributes Christmas gifts to children
The El Paso Police Department Gang Unit loaded patrol cars and an armored vehicle with Christmas gifts on Tuesday for a special holiday delivery to children.
The Gang Unit teamed up with the Montecillo Apartments Group and El Paso Electric to make some families’ holiday a little more cheerful by delivering gifts and providing much-needed financial support.
Officers with the Gang Unit and Santa Claus delivered the gifts to about 100 children from 40 families.
“Our goal was to get as many presents as we can and deliver them today, so they have something for Christmas,” Lt. John Schneider of the Gang Unit said.
Twelve officers met at the Westside Regional Command Center and loaded three police cars and an armored vehicle with gifts.
“About a month ago, we had talked about doing something for the community this year,” Schneider said. “The community was been hit pretty hard with the pandemic.”
Gang Unit officers raised money and the Montecillo Apartments Group donated $3,000 for gifts for children. El Paso Electric matched the contribution by helping families behind on their bills.
The El Paso Cops Helping Kids Foundation assisted the Gang Unit with the gift purchases.
With help from schools and Child Protective Services, officers were given a list of children and families most in need of help.
“Some of the officers in our unit reached out (to) the families and spoke to the kids on the phone to see what they wanted,” Schneider said, adding that some officers got emotional.
“The guys were excited today. A lot of guys didn’t sleep last night because we’ve been talking about this,” Schneider said.