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APD Joins Effort To Create Memorable Christmas for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Deputy Chief Craig Hunter greets children at Saturday's event

More than 500 children of incarcerated parents gathered at the Phoenix Club Saturday for a parade, carnival games, a visit from Santa and tons of new toys.

Organized by former Anaheim Police Officer Jerry O’Keefe and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the annual holiday event aims to ensure children whose parents are in jail or prison have a memorable Christmas.

Officer Dave Garcia chats with a child about life as a police officer

Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter, several uniformed APD officers, City Councilwoman Lucille Kring and hundreds of volunteers from dozens of charitable organizations were on hand to make the event special.

“Look at how many caring people came together to create a special day for these children, who are enduring the holidays while separated from their parents,” Hunter said. “It’s this kind of community spirit that makes Anaheim – and Orange County – such a remarkable and safe place to live.”