The Santa Ana Police Department descended on the city in a widespread sweep on Tuesday, November 23rd.
But in a good way.
Instead of quelling crime, they were dispensing cheer.
For the second straight year the department kicked off the holiday season in style by teaming with Chelo’s Bakery to deliver 75 turkey meals to families in need who live in the city.
A popular eatery known for its amazing breads and cakes, Chelo’s went the distance with complete dinners.
“We are hoping to make this a tradition,” said Cpl. Sonia Rojo, PIO for the department.
A large contingent of about 20 officers from commanders and homicide detectives to patrol officers and police explorers dispatchers and a correctional officer were part of the event.
Motor officers, directed enforcement teams and police service officers.
“In partnership with Chelo’s Bakery, we had a variety of sworn personnel, professional staff and Police Explorers who participated in this heartwarming community engagement to bring full Thanksgiving meals to families who need it most,” Rojo said. “One of our Police Department’s core values is ‘Making A Difference’ and that’s what we did here today.”
Collectively, the police visited three housing complexes to visit the families. In addition to large turkeys with trimmings, the meals included pies, veggies and sides.
Last year, Chelo’s donated 50 meals in the first event and this year they upped the ante.
Officers were out early to make the deliveries and as the sun set they were still at it making sure every family was fully satisfied.