CHRISTMAS DELIVERIES; SANTA, DEPUTIES COME TO PALMDALE, LANCASTER.
It's beginning to sound a lot like . . . sirens, after sheriff's deputies delivered presents to more than 145 needy families.
Showing children another perspective on law enforcement, deputies delivered more than 600 presents to families suggested by deputies or recommended by callers to the station.
``It's all for the kids,'' said Deputy Lena Ruiz, who has coordinated the Palmdale station's gift giving for the past six years. ``For some of them, this is the only Christmas they have.''
The Sheriff's Relief fund donated $1,000 for the Palmdale station's effort. In Lancaster, most of the toys came from community donations.
``It's nice for the children and for the parents who can't afford to buy them things,'' said Karen Stallworth, the mother of three children who received presents. Stallworth and her family had just moved into their Palmdale apartment and are trying to get back on their feet after paying moving expenses.
Lancaster sheriff's deputies and chaplains Thursday afternoon begandelivering more than 500 presents to needy children through the Lancaster area as well as Littlerock and Lake Los Angeles.
``We deal with so many low-income families that it's heartbreaking to see these youngsters that you know aren't going to get anything for Christmas,'' said Billy Pricer, a supervising chaplain for the Sheriff's Department, who dressed as Santa Claus to deliver toys. ``It's the worst possible time of year for kids to miss out on something.''
In Palmdale, Ruiz, Deputy Paul Ullman and Partners Against Crime/Gang secretary Lori Murphy drove around in a patrol car Wednesday and Thursday delivering presents to homes.
Lancaster deputies have given out Christmas presents for nine years.
PHOTO (1 -- 2 -- color) Above, Officer Lena Ruiz, left, secretary Lori Murphy and Deputy Paul Ullman deliver a candy cane and present to Destiny Sarran, 5. At left, Ruiz, left, and Murphy each carry an armload of gifts.
Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographer
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Dec 24, 1999|
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