Sheriff Joe's foundation helps less fortunate valley families on Christmas

Hundreds of valley kids are getting a special treat from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

- Christmas is a little brighter for hundreds of valley children all thanks to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

"It's a good touch to show that the law enforcement does care... families, no matter who your are, and for the kids," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.

The sheriff's office has been holding this toy drive for St. Vincent de Paul for 10 years. Officials with St. Vincent de Paul say without this drive, many families wouldn't be able to provide gifts for their children.

"We probably have close to 200 to 250 families, which will translate into 12 to 1,500 persons, which is just amazing," said Jerry Castro of St. Vincent de Paul.

This year is a record-breaking year for the toy drive. Six-thousand toys in all were collected, making it possible for each kid here to get two toys each.

"In addition, they collected over 60 bikes, which we're going to be raffling off during our dinner on Christmas day in our family evening meal, so if anyone wants to come for a chance to win a bike for their children, we'll do about 20 bikes tomorrow night," Castro said.

Families benefiting say they aren't only thankful for these men and women protecting them and their community every day, but also for bringing so much job this Christmas.

"I'm speechless right now because it's just happiness," said Anna Morales, who was there getting toys for her children.


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