Our Key Clubbers will be helping at the face painting stations and we will have our Kiwanis booth. There are also various 30 min shifts all day for those wanting to help out in other ways: sign-up at this link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e45aaa723aafe3-kids . If you, or someone you know would like to volunteer on that day please Click Here!
Here are more details from Art Montiel:
Through our Squad Club, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit we host a "Kids’ Christmas Party" every other year that was originally for the Redwood City Area office personnel and their families. We now invite underprivileged kids from within our community in an effort to let them enjoy the magic of the holidays by spending a few care-free hours at our office. Two years ago we had approximately 300 kids and this year promises to grow even bigger. In the past we have had the privilege of having the CHP helicopter bring Santa by landing in our back parking lot. (See attached pictures) We also have a snow slide which was created by one of our officers. The local Fire Department brings an engine and fire truck. Local AMR brings an ambulance for display, and of course…our very own patrol vehicles for them to check out.
We normally hire outside vendors to bring all-you-can-eat kettle popcorn, pizzas, cotton candy, face painting, a game truck, etc. We provide lunch and a whole lot of snacks for them to just come up and grab. Like I said, it's a care-free day for the kids.
As kids (10 years old and under) are about to leave the event with their parents, we allow them to walk into our briefing room which has been set up to look like Santa's workshop…well sorta!!! (see attached pictures) where 5 kids at a time will walk in, without their parents of course and pick a gift...any gift they would like. The reason we don't allow parents in the room (they can watch from the outside and pull their hair out as their kid chooses a slinky instead of a bike or remote control car) is because we want the kid to choose a gift they like and would enjoy playing with rather than because of its value.