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East LA Sheriff's Holiday Celebration to benefit AbilityFirst Children


On Thursday, December 20th 2012 about 1:00pm, Santa arrived in East LA via Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) helicopter. He was then escorted by the Los Angeles County Fire Department to a holiday celebration hosted for children and adults with disabilities. The celebration was hosted for the participants in the Ability First programs.

AbilityFirst, formerly Crippled Children Society, provides programs and services to help people with disabilities reach their full potential. Through 24 locations across Southern California, they offer a broad range of employment, recreational and socialization programs and operate 12 accessible residential housing complexes. Government support provides approximately half of the dollars AbilityFirst needs to deliver high quality programs and services. As a nonprofit organization, they rely heavily on the generous support of donors who share their vision.

Toys and gifts were presented to the Ability First participants were donated by LASD and local community businesses. There were approximately 25 children being presented with the gifts.

For additional information on the event, contact:

AbilityFirst: Maricela Cueva (626) 403-3200 ext. 215

East LA Sheriff's Station: Deputy Alfredo Macias or Deputy Mark Macias (323) 981-5029

Authored by

T.J. Smith, Sergeant

James P. Wolak, Captain

East Los Angeles Sheriff's Station

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff

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East Los Angeles, CA 90022


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Contact Information: Mark Macias, Deputy - 323-981-5029,



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