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PAL helps need families in Escondido

Shown are Coach Al Owens and Chief Varso with gift cards.

The Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) stepped up in a big way to help the Escondido community. Victory Outreach Church December 19, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. hosted a drive through Christmas party for needy families where each child is given a toy. About 2220 low income families registered for the event.  

The Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) had a booth at the event and in these tough times, PAL wanted to do more than advertise their programs. It also handed out candy and $10,000 worth of food certificates to the families. 

There were a lot of happy tears and heartfelt thanks from recipients. One gentleman said the following to PAL volunteers, “I have been out of work for so long. You have no idea how much this helps.”  

Police Chief Ed Varso at Saturday’s event.

PAL’s director is retired Escondido Police Lt. Al Owens, who is now director of PAL. In addition to PAL volunteers, Chief Ed Varso and Councilman Jose Garcia joined us with some great energy. 

Owens told The Times-Advocate: “A feat like this could not be accomplished without great community support, including the following organizations, Escondido Police Department, Escondido Rotary After Five, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Escondido Boys and Girls Club, National City Costco, Escondido Real Estate Professionals, A-1 Flooring, Sierra Madre Cantina and the main event sponsor, Owens Training and Consulting.”

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