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Monday, December 8, 2014

Media Relations

SWAT to Deliver Toys at Orthopaedic Institute for Children with the Help of Santa Claus and Air Support NA14236js

WHAT:
LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Officers continue their annual holiday tradition of delivering toys to 2,000 kids at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) with the help of Santa Claus and the Air Support Division.

WHEN:
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
10 a.m. – Santa Claus will hover over OIC in LAPD helicopter
10:10 a.m. – Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arrive in SWAT vehicle to distribute toys
10:30 a.m. – Ortho Medical Magnet High School’s spirit clubs and band perform.

WHERE:
Orthopaedic Institute for Children
403 West Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
    
WHO:
LAPD SWAT Officers
LAPD Air Support Division Officers
Officer Jennifer Grasso, first female LAPD SWAT officer
Medical Director of OIC, Dr. Mauricio Silva, M.D.
OIC Board of Trustees Members

WHY:
Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT officers will deliver toys collected from their annual holiday toy drive to approximately 2,000 children at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children.  Santa Claus will be joining the SWAT Team to make the delivery.  Santa will arrive via LAPD helicopter and then ride with officers in an armored SWAT vehicle to deliver the toys to the children.

This is the 20th anniversary of LAPD SWAT and OIC partnering to bring toys and joy to OIC’s patients.  Every holiday season, toy collection boxes are placed in the 21 LAPD stations where LAPD personnel and the community are able to donate.  Last month, SWAT also invited the public to donate toys to fill an LAPD Ballistically Engineered Armored Response (B.E.A.R.) vehicle in a “Fill The BEAR” event.

The Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 and serves over 60,000 patient visits each year with the focus on musculoskeletal conditions in children.  For more information, visit them at www.ortho-institute.org.

CONTACT:
For more information, please contact Officer Eddie Perez at (213) 305-4594 or Camille Strickland of Orthopaedic Institute for Children at (213) 742-1501.


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