Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Del Rio Station joined forces with the staff from the Pathways Youth and Family Services to help share the holiday spirit and put smiles on the faces of the children in their care.
In late November a Christmas tree was placed in the lobby at the Del Rio Station. This Christmas tree was decorated with angels. One side of the ornament contained the name, age, gender, and clothing size of a child. The other side showed what the child wished for Santa Claus to bring them. Thirty-eight angels were placed on the tree and Border Patrol agents were given the opportunity to select one or more to sponsor for Christmas.
On Dec. 11 the children were invited to the Del Rio Station for the annual Angel Tree Christmas Party. Border Patrol Agents dressed as elves and presented them with Happy Meals for lunch and cake for dessert. When Santa Claus arrived the children were all given new winter jackets and special toys to call their own.
This event marks a special gesture during the Christmas season. The children who attend often do not have a home to call their own, toys to share with their brothers and sisters, or a jacket to wear during the cold days of winter. The agents at the Del Rio Station went above and beyond to make their day brighter and their winter warmer.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.