Signal Hill holiday outreach program donates $8,450 in gifts to needy families

Each year, the Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) and Community Services Department partner with local residents and businesses to share the “holiday spirit” with families in need.
This year, the outreach program raised $8,450 to provide gifts to needy families and individuals, according to SHPD. On Thursday, Dec. 19, Santa Claus rode in a Signal Hill police patrol car for the special outreach program in Signal Hill and Long Beach.
There were several dozen donors, but the most significant donations were received from Boulevard Buick, Cadillac & GMC, Mesa Environmental Services, Mercedes Benz of Long Beach, Aleshire & Wynder, LLP, RKA Consulting Group, Signal Hill Councilmember Larry Forester, Everson Spice Company, Capital Investment Advisers, Accountable Health Care, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, EDCO Disposal, Signal Hill Community Foundation, Signal Hill Petroleum and the Sultan’s Classic Car Club.
The holiday outreach provided gifts to 23 families, which includes a total of 90 people. These families were identified throughout the year via contacts with various Signal Hill programs, according to SHPD. Most of the families included young children, however there were also a few elderly gift recipients. One of the families consisted of a single mom with two children. The mom expressed that “without the help of the outreach she would not have been able to provide gifts for her children,” stated SHPD.
Before heading out to visit the families, Police Chief Michael Langston had an opportunity to visit with the outreach team. Langston thanked each of the workers and donors, large and small. Langston emphasized the importance of the holiday outreach and building “productive relationships within the community that benefits the entire community.”

Source: SHPD

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