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News Release

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Media Relations

LAPD Centurions Host “Toy Drive for the Blind Children’s Center of Los Angeles NR17211rh

WHAT: 35th Annual Holiday Event for the Students and their Family

WHEN: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Blind Children's Center
4120 Marathon St
Los Angeles, California 90029

LAPD Centurions
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck
LAPD Assistant Chief Michael Moore
Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, 13th District
NFL greats, Rod Martin, Sam Cunningham, Calvin Sweeney and Vince Evans.

WHY: Presented by the LAPD Centurions, Rampart and R&I Divisions, the Blind Children's Center is getting ready for its Holiday Party with Santa!

For more than 25 years, LAPD officers have visited the Center during the holiday season delivering presents and cheer to the children. The big man in red is escorted by the police, sirens blaring, and bearing gifts galore!

The tradition began with Sergeant Jack Rose, now retired, putting on the Santa suit year after year to bring joy to the children of the Center. Recently, Officer James Norton has taken on the red hat and beard to continue the festivities on this beloved day.

Sponsored by LAPD Centurions, Rampart and R&I Divisions, this annual tradition is dear to our hearts and impacts the students and their families tremendously during the holiday season. The children look forward to this day all year long! 

One by one they sit on Santa's lap and tell him their Christmas wishes. The day culminates with the students performing holiday songs for everyone to enjoy.

For questions, contact Sergeant Marc Rojas, Southeast Area Community Police Station, at, or



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