Santa’s in the house

Local woman holds toy drive for crisis center

Santa makes a special stop at Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services to help deliver presents for children whose families have been served by the center. Pictured, in front left to right, are Oliver Santoya, 6, and Santa’s helper Valeria Espindola; standing, Jessi Jaime, Yerania Espindola, Santa, and Jennifer Jaime, 7.

Photo by Julia Hart
Santa makes a special stop at Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services to help deliver presents for children whose families have been served by the center. Pictured, in front left to right, are Oliver Santoya, 6, and Santa’s helper Valeria Espindola; standing, Jessi Jaime, Yerania Espindola, Santa, and Jennifer Jaime, 7.



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Jason Garza, 2, Darlene Lopez, 4 and Dalia Guizar, 11, left to right, display presents they received from Santa Claus Monday. They were among nearly 200 children to receive Christmas gifts at Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services.

— Santa Claus made a special stop at Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services Monday to drop off presents for children whose families received services at the local agency.

Helping to make sure Santa found the social service facility was one of his helpers, Yerania Espindola-Mendoza of Grandview.

Espindola-Mendoza recently concluded a toy drive for the North Avenue agency, an effort for which agency director Leticia Garcia is very thankful.

“We are so blessed to have people like her share their generosity with our clients,” Garcia said.

“It is wonderful to have so many presents from which our clients’ children can choose a special gift,” she added.

Espindola-Mendoza said she has long been aware of the services provided at the local domestic violence and sexual assault service agency.

“I just wanted to brighten these children’s lives a little during the holiday,” she said.

She said her family collected nearly 200 items for the children. She even enlisted the help of Santa to make the Monday afternoon delivery. Her daughter Valeria Espindola, dressed as one of Santa’s elves also helped out.



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