For the sixth year in a row, the Alisal Family Resource Centers Network hosted a warm holiday party to deliver toys to needy families. The annual event, in conjunction with the César Chávez Futbol Academy, brings joy to more than 700 vulnerable families in our District.
Families lined up early in the afternoon to be the first to receive gifts. They also took photos with Santa, enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies, and had their faces decorated with festive motifs. Energetic music flooded the Alisal Family Resource Center as families waited, which added to the bonhomie of the event.
This annual tradition could not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the AFRC staff, members of the Cesar Chavez Futbol Academy, volunteers, donors, and the leadership of Dr. Carissa Purnell, Anthony Velasquez and Craig Sterling. Read a more complete account of this year's celebration in The Californian. You can also watch Univision's video of the event here.