The employees of VFS Fire & Security Services have made a big commitment to a local program that provides toys to low-income families during the holidays to help them celebrate the holiday season. This program was developed 19 years ago by the South Gate Police Department — in partnership with the Police Officers’ Association and Police Explorers. “Our officers donate their time and money every year to this program as it is a special one to our hearts,” stated Officer Christian Perez. The program started out by helping four families and today helps more than 100 families.
The Santa Cop program is funded entirely through local donations and it is organized and implemented by South Gate Police Officers and their families and community volunteers. Every year the program receives donations from city and police employees as well as the local community.
The South Gate Police Department does a great job of identifying those families that have the greatest need in the community. Each family must submit an application in order to be accepted by this program. VFS selected this program because of this application process and because they wanted to help as many families as possible.
The City of South Gate Police Department sent this note to VFS: “We want to send a very special thank you to Mr. Rudy Garcia and VFS Fire & Security Services who generously donated toys for our South Gate Police Department Santa Cop program. It’s because of businesses like VFS that we are able to reach as many families as we can during this time of year. Partnerships truly work”