Local families get into the holiday spirit with photos with Santa, dancing, holiday crafts, and face painting at the 22nd Annual Winter Wonderland hosted by the Santa Barbara Police Action League (PAL) at Carousel House on December 15. I had the opportunity to enter
72 families attended the holiday event and 176 children received personalized gifts. Dinner and dessert were prepared by El Pastorcito Taqueria.
All participating children received a wrapped holiday gift. Of the gifts, 85% were sponsored by Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) employees, 10% by community members, and 5% by the District Attorney’s Office.
This evening provided a respite for the family during a difficult time. For many families, spending good time together is rare.
Some of the people who attended this year’s event recently became homeless. Facing grief and loss. Or you are a single parent with no family support for your child.
Local officials helped serve dinner and spent time with family. It was an opportunity for all involved to relax, have fun and connect with the community.
PAL strives to build positive mentoring relationships with teenagers, police departments and community members through leadership, mentorship and academic development programs.
Located at the Twelve35 Teen Center, PAL offers a comprehensive program for teenagers, including academic support and a variety of enrichment programs such as fitness classes and equipment, environmental education, and referral support for social, emotional and mental wellness. Offers.
For more information on PAL, please visit www.sbpal.org.