IMPERIAL VALLEY, CALIF.—More than 500 children in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys will have a better Christmas this year thanks to the men and women of the El Centro Sector Border Patrol.
Every year, the El Centro Sector Border Patrol participates in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" program. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" Program is to collect new and unwrapped toys during the months of October, November and December each year. The toys are distributed as Christmas gifts to less than fortunate children in our community. This year, the El Centro Sector donated over 400 toys and gifts destined to the homes of children throughout the Imperial Valley.
In the Coachella Valley, the Indio Station sponsored the Salvation Army "Christmas Angel" program in an effort to give back to the community. Sponsoring the "Christmas Angel" program has become a tradition at the Indio Station. Since 2006, Indio agents have donated close to 1,000 toys and gifts to the children of the Coachella Valley. This year, agents delivered 100 toys and gifts to the Salvation Army in Cathedral City on Wednesday, December 19.
The El Centro Sector's Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1 (800) 901-2003.
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.