Chula Vista police officers and local volunteers brightened the holiday season for nearly 300 disadvantaged families during an early morning food and toy drive in Chula Vista on Saturday.
At about 7 a.m., 81 uniformed Chula Vista police officers and volunteers began delivering boxes of food, wrapped gifts, and gift certificates to 262 families, including 832 children.
In all, $5000 worth of toys and food were donated to the families, according to event organizers.
The annual Chula Vista Police Activities League gift-giving event is in its 21st year.
This year's event was put on in partnership with CVPAL community volunteers, the Chula Vista Welfare Council and the Chula Vista Elementary School District.
"This continues to be a rewarding opportunity to help disadvantaged families get help during the holiday season,” said CVPD Chief David Bejarano, who led the effort. “It's also a great opportunity for officers to interact with community members in such a positive setting."