EAGLE PASS, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers, along with Explorers from U.S. Border Patrol Explorer Post 921, recently joined forces to help share the holiday spirit and put smiles on the faces of Eagle Pass’ children in need.
Since September, Border Patrol agents the Eagle Pass South Border Patrol station, CBP officers from the Eagle Pass Port of Entry, and the Border Patrol Explorers have been collecting toys and raising money to help make Christmas bright for students enrolled in the Eagle Pass Independent School District. More than 1,100 toys were donated to the district.
The Christmas toy drive started Sept. 28, when the Explorers held a Krispy Kreme Doughnut Fundraiser. The Explorers raised $800, all of which was used to purchase toys.
Later, on Nov. 2, the Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass South Station, along with CBP officers from the Eagle Pass port held a basketball tournament at C.C. Winn High School in Eagle Pass to help collect more gifts. Teams from different area law enforcement agencies, including agents from the Eagle Pass, Eagle Pass South, Carrizo Springs, Del Rio, Laredo, and Hebbronville Border Patrol stations, CBP Officers from the Eagle Pass POE, and members of the Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office participated in the event. Donations from local retailers and community members brought in nearly 300 toys during the tournament.
Sam Houston Elementary School in Eagle Pass was the site of this year’s wrapping party, with each school in the district receiving toy donations sending representatives to help in the day-long event. Counselors, faculty members, and students from all eight local elementary schools helped wrap the gifts that eventually will land under a deserving child’s Christmas tree. School administrators determine the students who will receive the toys, and ensure the donations are distributed well before the holiday. This toy drive has been an ongoing tradition in Eagle Pass for more than five years and will continue on for years to come.
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.