Huntington Beach Police Department Plays Santa for Underprivileged Family

By Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. He has been a journalist for four years, during which time he has broken several viral national news stories and has been interviewed for his work on both radio and internet shows.
December 25, 2021 Updated: December 26, 2021

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—The Huntington Beach Police Department made a local underprivileged family’s Christmas a little more special this year by showing up on their doorstep with toys for their three boys.

The department normally partners with CHOC (Children’s Health of Orange County) Children’s Hospital to spread cheer during the holidays, which was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, the department posted on social media, asking residents to nominate families who might need some additional support this holiday season.

After nominations were made, the department came across one family whom they felt would need some toys this Christmas for their children, whose ages ranged from 3 to 10 years old.

After talking with the family, a number of officers showed up at their door on Dec. 22 with various gifts donated by the police department, fire department, and the Qruisin PCH car club, though the boys were to wait until Christmas to open them.

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The Huntington Beach Police Department made a local family’s Christmas a little more special this year by showing up on their doorstep with toys for their three boys in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Dec. 22, 2021. (Courtesy of Huntington Beach Police Department)

“After speaking with the family, we were able to kind of gauge some of their interests. What they had been asking for this year was scooters, so we were able to get some Razor scooters and also Legos, monster trucks, and nerf guns,” Jennifer Carey, Huntington Beach Police Department spokeswoman, told The Epoch Times.

Carey said the boys were thrilled by the officers’ visit.

“They were all just really excited to see the officers at the house, and I think that kind of was more exciting to them initially than receiving the gifts,” she said, adding that the eldest said he wants to become a police officer when he grows up.

The department plans to continue its work in helping the less fortunate in the community.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to help out families in need,” Carey said. “So if there’s any families that someone feels there is an overwhelming need to support … feel free to message us on social media and we can see what we can do.”

Drew Van Voorhis is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. He has been a journalist for four years, during which time he has broken several viral national news stories and has been interviewed for his work on both radio and internet shows.