Toys Overflow in Pasadena Police Department Lobby at Christmas Toy Drive

Published : Friday, December 15, 2017 | 6:40 AM

The gift of giving is alive and well at the Pasadena Police Department which partners every year with the Pasadena Armenian Police Advisory Council to collect hundreds of brand new toys to be delivered to underserved families this Christmas.

Heaping mounds of toys flooded the department lobby Thursday morning thanks to generous donations from various Armenian institutions and organizations city-wide that continue to make the toy drive a tradition which is now in its 22nd year.

“Regardless of how you spend this special time of the year, what’s very special is the gift of giving,” said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez. “We are able to give [families] the gift of the holiday season of Christmas and they might not otherwise have that opportunity,” added Sanchez.

Pasadena Armenian Police Advisory Council (PAPAC) was established in 1995 to help bridge the gap between the Pasadena Police Department and the local Armenian Community.

“We love the city of Pasadena, we love the police department and the awesome work that they’ve done and we keep on supporting them,” said former PAPAC president Hovannes Sarkissian.

Since that time, PAPAC has established itself has coordinated several fundraising events over years, including the Thursday’s annual Christmas Toy Drive.

PAPAC receives toys from a variety of local Armenian organizations such as churches, clubs, and schools throughout Pasadena.

“There’s quite a bit of money spent, but it’s spent gladly because it’s a time of giving,” said Sarkissian.

Toys will be distributed to four charitable organizations: The Door of Hope, Villa Parke Community Center, The Pasadena Salvation Army, and the Pasadena Harambee Center.

“Those organizations are really out there to give, to reach out, and to help the needy,” said Sarkissian.


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