Happy neighborhood children meet and greet Santa.


San Fernando families, needing some help for happy holiday season, got a merry boost from the San Fernando Police Department, its Police Officers Association and Advisory Council, and local businesses and volunteers.

Sgt. Irwin Rosenberg said 115 holiday baskets containing food, blankets and age appropriate toys were handed out to deserving families on Monday, Dec. 22. Some seniors were also given space heaters.

“A lot of generous people helped out,” said Rosenberg, adding all items were made possible through donations of money and time.

This was the 27th annual Christmas Basket Program sponsored by the department and advisory council, which spent much of December gathering items and donations. Rosenberg said the receiving families had filled out applications requesting the baskets, and were screened “to make sure they met the requirements of being needy.”

The sergeant said the architect firm of Barnards Brothers provided warehouse space to the items to be collected and packaged in the baskets. And on Monday, volunteers — including the San Fernando Police Explorers, Sam’s Club employees, City Councilmember Jesse Avila and former state Assemblyman Richard Katz — spent several hours going around the city making deliveries.

He roundly praised the work of all volunteers and donors, pointing out that many local businesses had given money for the program. Rosenberg added the Barnards Brothers employees brought numerous gifts to give away during their annual Christmas party. “A lot of the toys came from them,” he said.