Richmond Fire & Police Holiday Program spreads cheer to 500 families

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Richmond Fire & Police Holiday Program spreads cheer to 500 families
Richmond Police Chief Bisa French, Richmond City Manager Sasha Curl and Richmond Fire Chief Angel Montoya. (All photos courtesy of the City of Richmond)

The Richmond Fire & Police Holiday Food and Toy Program spread cheer to 500 families over the weekend at DeJean Middle School.

Families who pre-registered in November received toys, bikes, food and frozen poultry from the annual community collaboration.

City officials gave a special thanks to the hard-working volunteers who spent months making the holiday event possible, the Richmond Police Officers Association, the Richmond Firefighters Local 188 and Chevron Richmond.

The Richmond Fire & Police Holiday Food and Toy Program was inspired back in 1989 by firefighter Rod Woods, who organized a toy drive. Meanwhile, the Richmond Police Department had been running a food drive. After many years of growing their separate programs, Fire and Police united as one, with the Chevron Fire Department also stepping up and adding its support.

Visit the Richmond Fire & Police Holiday Food and Toy Program website here.

All photos from the event courtesy of the City of Richmond.