Yuma, Ariz. - The tradition of giving has remained strong at the Yuma Border Patrol Sector as agents and mission support personnel participate in toy drives and holiday charities. This year was no exception as Border Patrol agents presented over 200 gifts to charities benefiting children.
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Border Patrol agents and mission support personnel assigned to Yuma Sector Headquarters, Yuma, Wellton and Blythe Stations donated everything from bicycles, dolls, trains, clothes, shoes and more to staff at the Salvation Army, Arizona Children's Association and others.
For those unfamiliar with the Angel Tree Project, ornaments with a child's name and requested gifts are placed on a Christmas tree in each station. Agents and support staff choose an ornament and fulfill the child's wish, as much as possible. The gifts are then gathered for delivery.
"We're giving Santa a boost," said one Sector official. "These are children who might not otherwise have a happy holiday. We, as members of the U.S. Border Patrol, are lucky in that we have enough to share at times like these.
We are fortunate to have jobs at a time when the outlook for so many is dismal. The Angel Tree gives us a great opportunity to give back the best gift of all, hope and happiness, no matter how brief, to a child in need."
As in many communities across the United States, families in the Yuma area are feeling the pressure of a challenging economic environment. Border Patrol agents are doing what they can to help more children enjoy the holidays this year.
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.