On Saturday, December 10, 2011, starting at 11:00 a.m., the residents at Sanlan RV Park, located at 3929 US Hwy 98 South in Lakeland, will partner once again with Polk County Sheriff's COPS (Community Oriented Policing) Southwest district deputies to bring some Christmas cheer to over 50 children, during the annual Southwest COPS – Sanlan Ranch Christmas party.
This will be the third year that the park residents and PCSO participate in this event. Each year the residents, with help from the deputies, identify around 50 children in the community who otherwise would not receive much for Christmas. The goal of this project is to provide at least 3 gifts per child. Two residents volunteer to play Santa and Mrs. Claus at the party and will help Sheriff Judd and the COPS deputies hand out the toys to the children. The park residents have graciously provided their newly built community room at the front of the park for the party, and will serve lunch to all participants as well.
This year, the residents will also focus on helping bring some Christmas cheer to the Hernandez-Garcia family of Mulberry, whose 10-year-old son, Zenaido, tragically died on November 11, 2011. The surviving 13 children (siblings and cousins) will receive presents at the party. The Sanlan Ranch residents have also taken up donations and driven several truckloads of donated items such as furniture, clothes, and appliances, to the family home.
McGee Tire, located at 3939 US Hwy 98 South in Lakeland, has graciously agreed to purchase hot dogs, hamburgers, and all the fixings. The Audobon Society will also be participating, and the New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Youth Choir will perform. A PCSO K-9 Unit will be on hand for a demonstration, and Sheriff Grady Judd will arrive around noon to assist the deputies and Santa Claus with handing out presents.
The media is invited and encouraged to attend – photo and video opportunities will be made available!