Santa Claus made an appearance at the Brooklyn Avenue Early Education Center in East Los Angeles on Friday, December 16, 2016 and handed out toys to over 150 excited boys and girls.

Sheriff McDonnell, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. representatives, personnel from East Los Angeles Station, Century Regional Detention Facility, and Pitchess Detention Center - South Facility. Also, retired Deputy Sheriff Charles “Bobby” Beals, who has volunteered to play “Santa Claus” for over 50 years handed out toys to delighted boys and girls who attend the education center.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.; Commander Cheryl Newman-Tarwater, Custody Services Division Specialized Programs; Commander Henry Romero, Custody Services Division; Captain Chris Perez, East Los Angeles Station; Captain Diana Holloway, Century Regional Detention Facility; and Director Clarece Weinraub, Five Keys Schools and Programs joined Santa Claus at the event and helped pass out the toys.

About 150 kids received vintage-style cloth dolls and wooden toys handcrafted by male and female inmates of the Los Angeles County Jail system, and modern toys handpicked by Securitas Security Services USA staff for this event.
 
The vintage-style handmade toys consisted of dolls for little girls, with hand-sewn faces and hair with unique dresses, made by female inmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility; and wooden toys for little boys, constructed and hand-painted in three-dimensional cars, trucks and helicopters by male inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Toy Program began over 56 years ago as a work project for women in the Los Angeles County Jail system, in an effort to bring joy to underprivileged children during the holiday season, and remains a tradition today.  Thanks to the generous donations of materials by community members and Department personnel to create them, 1000 cloth dolls and approximately 100 wooden toys were made. The remaining dolls and wooden toys crafted by the inmates are distributed to underprivileged or physically-challenged children throughout Los Angeles County.
 
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department extends sincere appreciation to Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. for their continued support.  They generously donated over 150 toys to these children, who depend on donations for the only gift they may receive this holiday season.

For further information, contact Public Information Officer Nicole Nishida at (323) 810-1973 or the Sheriff's Information Bureau at (213) 229-1700.

Prepared by:
Deputy Don Walker
Sheriff’s Information Bureau
Hall of Justice – First floor
211 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA  90012
(213) 229-1700

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