By Nina Aghadjanian
Amid a dim holiday season, Treasure Little Children brought joy to Huntington Hospital’s pediatric patients by donating a bounty of gifts through the Pasadena Police Department Air Operations Section’s 15th annual Christmas toy drive, Operation Polar Wind.
Founded by Jules Marcogliese in 1998, TLC is a nonprofit organization that works with local social service agencies and churches to enrich the lives of low-income children in the San Gabriel Valley. For 20 years, it has played a huge role in lifting children’s spirits through its holiday celebration, in which nearly 300 kids and their families typically enjoy a lunch, music, games and gifts. The event has been a welcome respite for some young residents of Los Angeles County, where 24% of children live below the poverty line.
Due to COVID-19, TLC was forced to cancel the 2020 celebration, but its dedication to making local children feel special proved to be unwavering. In early December, TLC dropped off presents at the Pasadena police heliport, where Operation Polar Wind commences each year. Members of the Air Operations Section and the Foothill Air Support Team distributed the gifts to Huntington Hospital and Peace Over Violence, a domestic abuse prevention center.
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