The holiday music is playing, kids are running up to Santa Claus to share their wishes, and cart after cart of wrapped holiday gifts are being wheeled out to families at the Orange County Family Justice Center in Anaheim.
This year, donors bought gifts for 53 families — that’s 243 people, 101 children, and 55 teenagers at the center’s annual Adopt-a-Family event, with an average of three gifts per person.
The sound of shoppers slowly began to fill the clothing section of an Anaheim Target Store early Friday, July 21. But the babble brewed well before the doors opened to regular customers, as 36 underprivileged kids got some special treatment.
Pushing the carts were local volunteers, many of whom were from the Anaheim Police Department, Anaheim Fire & Rescue and local Rotarians too. They all came together for the annual Back to School Day event.