Posted by: Media Relations
On 12-06-14 from about 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, members from the Tulare County Sheriff's Police Activities League hosted it's annual Christmas Event at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.
This event served children from the rural areas throughout the county by providing round trip transportation for the kids, in addition to food, games, DJ music from Friday Night Lights for dancing, and a very special visit from Santa Claus who spoke to each and every child. During Santa's visit, approximately 200 toys were handed out as gifts to the children aged 8-12 years.
The event was extremely beneficial to the children, as well as the PAL program. The Sheriff and the members of this PAL organization were excited to have the children and will continue to make this event as well as others in the future even bigger by reaching out to the rural communities of Tulare County to make a lasting difference with its youth.
This event couldn't have been made possible without the assistance from our Sheriff's Explorer Program, the department's Community Based Officers, donations and fund raisers. PAL would also like to give a special thanks to the youth who assisted us today from the Tulare County Farm Bureau Leadership Program. Their motivation and participation was much appreciated by the children in attendance and PAL personnel. PAL will continue it's efforts to empower the children in its rural communities with opportunities, choices, guidance, education, friendship and assistance.
Lieutenant Mark Gist
Tulare County Sheriff's P.A.L.