GREENFIELD — Greenfield Police Department recently hosted its fifth annual Operation Blue Santa event, delivering hundreds of donated gifts to local senior citizens, children and families in need this holiday season.
Donations from the community were sought over the past several weeks, and on Dec. 23, Greenfield officers were joined by city staff, council members, firefighters, Greenfield Police Explorers and others to deliver the presents, which included various toys and blankets.
“We would once again like to thank the Greenfield community, businesses, school districts, first responders, council members, Police Explorers, city staff and their families for helping to make this year’s Operation Blue Santa a successful event,” the police department wrote on its Facebook page Dec. 26. “None of this would be possible without a collaborative effort from all of you. Thank you!”
More than 400 gifts were handed out to children in the community, along with presents for 100 residents at two senior citizen apartment complexes in Greenfield.
The event also sponsored 10 families who “were in a time of need,” police said. Jenkinson and Sala Family Christmas Trees out of Salinas donated trees for each of the sponsored families.
Other partners and contributors to this year’s toy drive included Salinas Valley Pro Squad, Crime Stoppers Security, Greenfield Rotary Club, Dan’s Tire and Auto Service, Tacos El Grullense, Mora’s Chevron, California Gourmet Pizza, El Camino Variety Store, McDonald’s, Ice Cream Las Michocanas, La Princesa Market, Daniel Ramirez, Katie Trujillo, Tony Amescua of Greenfield Union School District and Frank Lynch of Greenfield High School.
“We would also like to thank Mayor Pro Tem Martinez, Councilmembers Untalon and White, Greenfield Fire Department, Greenfield Public Works Department, Greenfield Police Explorers, CDCR Agent Brehm, Blue Santa and his elves for helping us spread Christmas joy,” the police department added.