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Toy Drive-by Giveaway

Gaby Muro

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Photo: San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office

LATHROP – Holidays may look a little different this year due to the pandemic but that is not stopping Lathrop Police Services, a division of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, from bringing the joy of Christmas to children.

Lathrop Police Services will be giving toys away to children ages 2-12 on a first come first serve basis. The event will be from 5-7pm Friday December 11th at Generation Center located at 450 Spartan Way in Lathrop.

“We want to spread some hope and joy this holiday season while staying safe,” Deputy Alan Sanchez said through a press release. “We will be wearing gloves and a face mask. We have 100’s of toys to give away for FREE.”

Families will have the opportunity to drive their cars up to where the toys are given, children will be asked their age and if qualified, they will receive a toy. Getting out of the vehicle is not required.

Children will also get to see Santa, K-9’s and police officers.

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Deputy Recognized for Helping Infant Struggling to Breathe

Carlos Rodriguez

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MODESTO – A deputy with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office was recognized Tuesday morning for his efforts to help a baby who was struggling to breathe.

The incident happened on November 29th, 2020 in Patterson. At about 9:42pm the dispatch center received a call for help reporting a three week old child was having trouble breathing.

Deputy Callahan with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded and arrived within one minute of the call. In a body worn camera video released by authorities, Deputy Callahan can be seen flipping the child over and patting the baby on the back.

“That’s not his color,” one person can be heard saying in the video. Deputy Callahan continued treating the child as he stepped outside and asked for an ambulance. Shortly after, the baby can be heard beginning to cry. Deputy Callahan also stressed the importance of an infant CPR class.

Deputy Callahan was recognized with a life saving award from the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning.

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Stockton Unified School District Police and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office Team up to Help Families in Need.

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STOCKTON – The Stockton Unified School District Police and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office have joined together to help families in need this Thanksgiving.

Both the Stockton Unified School District Police and the San Joaquin County Sheriffs Office will be collecting meal gift cards from 8 am to 10 am Monday, November 16th outside of Raley’s Supermarket in Stockton.

Due to COVID-19, meal gift cards from participating locations will only be accepted. They can be purchased from Raley’s, Save Mart, Safeway, Winco, Food 4 Less, KFC, Denny’s, or Popeye’s.

If you are not available to attend the event, you can still drop off meal gift card donations at Chavez High School, Edison High School, Franklin High School, Stagg High School, and the SUSD Police Department. 

Donations by mail will also be accepted by the Admissions and Family Services Department at 1800 S. Sutter Street Stockton, CA 95215.

The deadline to make a donation has been extended until Thursday, November 19th at 8 am.

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Mask Donations Are a Labor of Love for Duo

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MODESTO – Two local residents who share a passion of sewing and quilting are calling a project to benefit a school and the general public a labor of love.

It all started with a question, or curiosity for Katrina Gomez and Katherine Womack-McCasland. The two wanted to do something to help local students during the pandemic. Gomez who is an avid quilter and Womack-McCasland already had a sewing machine, so the answer quickly became clear.

“It’s so hard to find a sewing machine right now,” Gomez said. She already had a good amount of fabric on hand, so the two set out to design and produce as many facemasks as they could.

In good time, the two made enough masks to donate to Wilson Elementary School. The masks were blue and gold, the school’s colors.

“The reception was welcoming in the sense that it’s something that’s needed,” Womack-McCasland said.

The two also made an additional batch of masks for staff at the school. The production didn’t end there, the two have made additional face coverings in different designs that they plan to offer to students as well.

“This gives the kids a chance to pick something that is individual to them, something that they like,” Gomez said.

The two also donated 300 handmade face coverings to English Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and another 200 to Modesto Specialty Hospital. The two estimate that in total they have produced at least 1500 masks.

The masks are individually sanitized and sealed for safety, and the two are more concerned with helping people stay safe than making a profit.

“Making money is always awesome, but giving them away and helping is more rewarding,” Gomez said.

The two have their favorite styles, with Gomez looking for vintage type fabrics and Womack-McCasland liking sequin style masks.

“They’re difficult to make but fun to see out and about.”

The two are hoping the project teaches children a lesson in giving to others and paying it forward.

So what’s next for the duo? They hope to raise funds to produce and give a yearbook to every student at the elementary school.

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