Stockton holiday donations pour in for needy families

5:25 PM, Dec 15, 2010   |    comments
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STOCKTON, CA - The Stockton Police Department and the Emergency Food Bank were both on the receiving end of generous donations Wednesday morning.

Police officers were given 100 holiday stockings, filled with tiny toys and candy, to distribute to needy families they see while on patrol.

Those stockings were paid for and put together by Danielle Krietz with the Stockton East Rotary Club.

"It feels great, feels nice to give back to the community," said Kreitz.

"Times are tough and money doesn't stretch as far as it could. A small gift like this can go a long way," said Stockton police officer Darren Sandoval.

At about the same time, a large and noisy parade of vehicles arrived at the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton with hundreds of turkeys.

The food was donated by Stockton police officers, firefighters, and the Food 4 Less grocery chain.

"This will get us close to what we need and we'll get a few more hundred in the next couple of days. With luck, we'll go into Monday pretty organized," said food bank director Tim Viall.

Next Monday, the food bank will distribute food boxes to needy families in the city.

This latest donation is greatly appreciated.

"We're going into a third or fourth year of a miserable economy.  I'm always amazed how well we're supported by the Stockton community," said Viall.

By Tim Daly,


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