Santa Claus (Parole Agent I Warren McGee) helps spread holiday cheer.

By Douglas Broome, Parole Agent III
Photos by Jennifer Barnes, Parole Agent II

Los Angeles Central and Mid City Parole Districts hosted its fourth annual Food and Toy Drive on Dec. 21. With the assistance of community partners South Bay Workforce Investment Bureau, Parker Hannifin Corporation, and Inspector and Instructor Headquarters and Service Company 2nd Battalion 23rd Marines Pasadena, this year’s food and toy drive was the largest ever. Through their efforts, hundreds of additional toys were donated to the drive.

Parole Administrator Vincent Thompson and Santa Claus (Parole Agent I Warren McGee).

Holiday meals and toys were given to 100 needy families. Additionally, holidays meals were given to reentry facilities/programs that assisted the long term offender and female offender populations. Food, drinks, and snacks were provided to the families during the event.

Several of the districts employees donated money to purchase food for the families. They also donated toys and money to assist with the purchasing of the toys and refreshments for the families.

Harold Dennis, a retired Parole Agent (PA) II Specialist, once again assisted in donating money and with the purchasing of the food.  He, along with other retired parole agents, purchased and transported the food to the Alameda Complex.

PA III Melanie Reyes, PA II (A) Jesus Sanchez, PA Danny Acosta and PA Markeisha Brignac coordinated with Toys for Tots to provide toys. Additionally, PA III (A) Dominque Hughes purchased several of the toys for the donations collected.

PA III Paul Cooper provided clothing, professional team apparel, and baseball bats and balls to every child in attendance.

Regional Parole Administrator Karen Thacker and PA III Tiffany Johnson, from Southern Region Headquarters, also contributed to the event.

PA I Velda Clark was instrumental in purchasing the refreshments. PA II Stacye Martin collected toys from the One Stop Center. Parole Agents Williams, Ruvalcaba, and Hall took baskets and toys to several families who did not have transportation to the complex. Additionally, several of the two districts employees prepared and distributed the food baskets.

Santa Claus, aka PA Warren McGee, even stopped by to lend a helpful hand, spread holiday cheer, and give a much needed smile to a child and their family.

It was a special day for the LA Central and Mid City Parole District’s Staff, SBWIB/Inglewood One Stop Staff, and Parker Hannifin Corporation staff who volunteered and donated their time to provide food baskets and toys to parolees and their families.

The season of giving was quite apparent as families were able to celebrate the holidays with a meal and gifts. Each year the districts are eager to assists families to have a wonderful and cheerful holiday season.

This year’s event brought smiles and laughter to our parolees and their families. The overwhelming excitement and happiness that filled the room was shared amongst the staff and volunteers that assisted and facilitated the event. This charitable act of giving back and helping our population to reintegrate back into the community has been the intent of both districts.

The administrators, supervisors, agents, and support staff who made donations wanted to make a difference in the lives of the families, especially the kids who were overcome with joy to see and receive toys. This annual event was to continue supporting DAPO’s 3 Years to Excellence Family Systems Theory.

Generous donations resulted in 100 families receiving food and gifts during the holiday season.