The holiday season is barely getting underway, but the elves are already hard at work.. Delivering gift cards and boxes of holiday cheer to needy families. The boxes are filled with food to make a traditional Thanksgiving meal. For Gabriel Aguilar’s family, the delivery was just what they needed. “It just meant so much and thank you to Fresno Police Department, Food Co, everybody involved. Means so much for our family. We’ve been going through hard time and this helps out so much,” says Aguilar.
These deliveries are an annual event for the Fresno Police Department, Foods Co and other area businesses. Recipients are identified primarily by local schools and for the most part have no idea what’s coming. “We do have a tendancy to scare people when we come in with so many people,” says Lt. Gomez. But he says it doesn’t take long for the spirit of the season to take over. “It’s a good feeling. It really is a good feeling. Very heartfelt actually. Brings tears to your eyes when you see how happy they are,” Lt. Gomez says.