For Immediate Release: December 22, 2022
‘Toys for the Town’ A Huge Hit
Today, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) held its first annual “Toys for the Town” holiday celebration. As part of OPD Acts of Kindness and in the spirit of the holiday season, OPD staff made the holidays a bit brighter for Oakland families.
“Today was important for me because I remember as a kid my mother needing to go to local churches and organizations to get presents for our family,” said Oakland Police Chief LeRonne L. Armstrong. “I’m grateful to lead an organization that is so generous to give back to the community in which they serve.”
Last month, Chief Armstrong asked the department to donate 1,000 gifts. The outpour of support was tremendous, and the department far exceeded the Chief’s request. “I was proud that members were so willing to step up and more than double our original goal of 1,000 gifts,” says Chief Armstrong.
More than 2,300 children and adults took part in the joyous event of free activities, including food, a giant state-fair-sized slide, bouncy houses, face painting, and of course free gifts.
The women and men of OPD are proud to take part in this opportunity to give back to our Oakland community.
We want to thank all the families who attended and can’t wait to see them at next year’s “Toys for the Town” celebration.