Every year the Escondido Police Department hosts an annual Christmas party to give kids who have been the victims of abuse, neglect, and violent crime a Christmas they might not otherwise get to experience.
This year the party will be held on Wednesday December 5. The event will include food, a magic show, face painting, a visit with Santa Claus, and every child in attendance will receive gifts.
The department is asking for the community’s help to make this Christmas a little bit brighter for these kids by donating a new unwrapped toy for a boy or girl ages newborn to 18 years old.
The department is also in need of and accepting gift cards for the older children who attend the party. Some ideas for gift cards include: Target, Walmart. Kohls, Starbucks, movie tickets, etc. Any denomination is greatly appreciated but $20-$25 increments are suggested.
Drop off locations include:
- Escondido PD Front Lobby – 1163 N Centre City Pkwy, Escondido 92026
- Escondido Federal Credit Union – 201 N Broadway, Escondido, 92025
- Escondido City Hall – 201 N Broadway, Escondido.
- Westfield Shopping Center– 200 E Via Rancho Pkwy, Escondido, 92025
- Blue Mug Coffee & Tea – 1882 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, 92026
- North County Yamaha – 2333 Montiel Rd., San Marcos, 92069
- CrossFit Point A – 985 Woodland Pkwy, #119, San Marcos, 92069
- CrossFit Iconic – 237 E. Valley Pkwy, Escondido, 92025
They will be collecting gifts until Friday November 30. Questions? Contact Cecilia Gonzalez, Family Protection Unit, Escondido Police Department, 760-839-4931.