TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol employees from southern Arizona donated more than 1,260 gifts this week to help brighten Christmas for 539 local children.
Agents and professional staff throughout Tucson Sector provided gifts for children through the Border Patrol’s “Angel Tree” outreach program. The gifts were donated to families in need through various charities, such as Devereux Arizona Foster Care, Healthy Families, and the Giving Turtle Program.
Brandi Samaniego, from Healthy Families, told the Douglas Station staff, “The effort and thought you put behind each toy or gift for these children become lifelong memories for families.”
Paul Davis, director of Foster Care Services for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona, said, “Every year, agents make the holidays a little brighter for our kids in care by participating in our holiday party and providing gifts for every child. Devereux is fortunate to have the Border Patrol as a community partner. The agents truly care about our kids.”
The Angel Tree program combines Border Patrol employees’ generosity with various community organizations to help local children enjoy the Christmas season. Angel Tree represents one of the many ways Border Patrol employees demonstrate their generosity and support for the local communities in which they work and live.
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.