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Chula Vista police provide meals, toys and holiday cheer for 1,000 families

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — Santa Claus teamed up with the Chula Vista Police Department on Tuesday to make the holidays extra special for local residents. 

More than 1,000 families in need received free holiday meals and the kids got plenty of toys and other treats.  

Families at the event were pre-selected and given vouchers. 

There was also a raffle for new bikes. 

Police Chief Roxana Kennedy says the annual event is one the department looks forward to every holiday season 

"We've been doing this for more than 11 years, so this is an opportunity for us - through our police foundation and Athletes for Education - to give back to the community," she said. "And show there truly is a heart behind the badge." 

Among the athletes in attendance was former Chargers player Luis Castillo.  

"It's as organized as it ever was," said Castillo. "There are as many people, or more, as there were back in the day when we had Charger players here, so it's a credit to this community and to see them continue do this great work." 

 Former Bengals player Leon White was also there and has been coming for the past ten years. 

"I think the community enjoys the feeling they get when they come and receive something from the community and that's why we do it," said White.  

With smiling faces all around, Chula Vista's mayor Mary Salas said that is what it's all about. 

 "There's so much need in the community and it's just an awesome thing to be able to give a little to others [and] make their holiday better and it brings joy to everyone," said Salas.  

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