This article appeared in the Dec. 24 issue of the Progress Times.
The Palmhurst Police Department gave their time to help distribute toys to community children during last Friday’s Second Annual Christmas Toy Giveaway.
A toy drive that originally began for a Palmhurst school spread into a Toy Drive that neighboring cities could also partake in.
Cars lined up at the Shary Chapel to receive some Christmas joy and get a chance to see Santa Claus. White tables stretched out to display colorful toys and fun goodies for the caravan of cars that passed by.
Toy donations were accepted from late November to mid-December, with donation stations laid out across the city: Palmhurst City Hall, Palmhurst Police Department, Sharyland Water Supply Corporation, Chick-fil-A, Walgreens, H-E-B, and Applebee’s.
Palmhurst Chief of Police Michael Vela said 600 toys were collected to give out to community members.
“The toys were donated by numerous businesses,” said Vela, mentioning that Walgreens and Chick-Fil-A were among those who helped with donations.
Vela also stated that the drive is a giving opportunity to show the Palmhurst community some relief from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as they adapted this drive-thru the year prior.
“[We want to] bring joy to the children and bring joy to the community, to show them we’re here for them,” said Chief Vela.
“I’m glad that we did it,” said Vela, who thanked the city staff and city council for putting the event together. “Our staff have worked hard and diligently for making events like these a success.”
The Palmhurst Police Department volunteered their time from 5:30 p.m. to 6:58 p.m. until all the toys were gone.
“We would like to thank everyone who had a chance to come by and those who helped make this event possible with their donations,” said a public post on the city of Palmhurst’s Facebook when announcing the closing of the Toy Drive.