News release - 12/11/2012

Published 12/11/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: 2nd Annual Heroes & Helpers Event at Target 
DATE/TIME: December 11, 2012, 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
LOCATION: Target at the Collection at RiverPark, Oxnard 
PREPARED BY: Sr. Officer Luis McArthur, Public Information Officer
(805) 385-7631, 
Sgt. Ken Klopman, Youth Services Unit
(805) 385-7625, 

(OXNARD, Calif) Twenty nine deserving and needy children (ages 6 to 12) - one from each of Oxnard’s 29 elementary schools - were invited to the 2ndannual Heroes & Helpers event at Target at the Collection at RiverPark.  
The kids were treated to  breakfast goodies, juice and coffee donated by Panera Bread, a coloring station, face painting, the DRAGG car, balloons, a Christmas tree, and a visit and photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus.  The cop & kid teams then dispersed throughout the Target store to spend their $165 gift card any way they chose.  It was awesome to see how so many of the children shopped first for gifts for their siblings and parents before they even thought of selecting something for themselves.  It’s incredibly reassuring and heartwarming to witness children who live everyday with little still find it in themselves to act so selflessly and think first of others before they think to indulge themselves. 
Before leaving, the little shoppers had their gifts wrapped by the Crime Analysis Unit and the Explorers and they received a goody bag from First California Bank and framed Santa photos as they departed the store. 
Heroes & Helpers was originally made possible by a $1,500 grant from Target with a matching $1,000 contribution toward the event by the Oxnard Police Officer’s Association.  The Collection at RiverPark donated $1,500 and First California Bank donated an additional $750. Target Executive Team Leader Chris Edwards said, “Today was an outstanding example of how law enforcement, Target and other local businesses can come together to impact those in need within our community in a very positive way.”  

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DATE / TIME PREPARED:  December 11, 2012, 5:00 p.m. 


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