Highway patrol gives toys to needy Sacramento-area children

Local highway patrol officers will donate a dolls, footballs, bicycles and assorted toys Wednesday to help needy children in the greater Sacramento region.

The North Sacramento California Highway Patrol will give the items to the Sacramento Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, an organization comprised of community members who provide support to families during traumatic calls, at 10 a.m. at the CHP’s office on 5109 Tyler Street, said officer Chad Hertzell.

“Who better to help us distribute these than those that are on the front lines picking up the pieces,s” he said.

Toys have been donated anonymously to their office over the years, Hertzell said. CHP officers typically will give a toy to children involved in traffic collisions.

Through donations like these, The CHP hopes to highlight a positive side of law enforcement, he said.

“We want to let the community know that we’re not just here to write tickets and take people to jail and that we have a vested interest in the community,” he said.

Call the Bee’s Mozes Zarate at (916) 321-1054. Follow him on Twitter @mzarate139.