Press release - Cops for Tots-Oxnard Police Department

Published 12/29/2010 (all press releases for this day)

Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



Cops for Tots-Oxnard Police Department
Monday, December 20 to Thursday, December 23, 2010

6 Toy give away sites:

Rose Park Neighborhood at Rose Avenue School, 220 S. Driskill St.

Oxnard Mobile Home Lodge at 1301 Commercial Avenue

La Colonia Neighborhood at Ramona School, 801 Cooper Road

Southwinds Neighborhood at Southwinds Police Storefront, 330 W. Clara St.

Police Activities League at P.A.L. Gym, 340 S. K Street

Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Park at 250 E. Pleasant Valley Road


Commander Eric S. Sonstegard


Sr. Officer Luis McArthur (805) 385-8104

Police Activities League Co-Director and Oxnard Senior Police Officer Luis McArthur has organized the annual Oxnard Police Department’s Cops for Tots program this year, an event dating back to 1996 where the Police Department partners with community businesses and residents to help less fortunate families to bring a bit of joy to their children during the holiday season with a toy giveaway program. What started as a small toy giveaway program in the Colonia neighborhood, a former Weed and Seed site, has now amassed to six (6) large toy giveaway sites in the low-income, high crime areas of the City.  Volunteers from Future Leaders of America, P.A.L. Soccer, Pacifica High School Mecha, P.A.L. Youth Development Council, Oxnard Boy Scouts and Police Explorers pre-register families and ensure they meet the criteria to receive gifts. The families then return the day of the toy giveaways with the children and ticket in hand for free toys and time with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  This year, over 5,100 children will have received a toy.

Cops for Tots functions solely on a volunteer basis and depends on its community partners for support.  This year, the City of Oxnard, Harbor View Farms, Berry Farms, Driscoll’s, El Concilio, Viejitos Car Club, Cruisers, Naval Base Ventura County, Q104.7, Oxnard City Corps, and the Oxnard Elementary School District provided the support and resources to make these events possible.  Several donors took part in helping to distribute toys alongside Assistant Police Chiefs Jason Benites and Scott Whitney to the hundreds of families that endured the weather by lining up for up to five (5) hours to receive a toy for their children.   It was very much a festive event at these sites right in their own neighborhood as the police department’s Mobile Command Post provided light to the otherwise dark streets, residents interacted with their local police officers, enjoyed music, and the free food provided by local caterers.  The children were even treated to the City of Oxnard’s own Santa Float Tour which made a brief appearance at each location.
DATE / TIME PREPARED:  Thursday, December 23, 2010

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