Merchants, police rescue Christmas
by Lenny Roberts
Each year, many families of the Ojai Valley would not have
much of a Christmas if not for the efforts of generous merchants,
whose help is solicited by Sheriff's Deputy Scotty Baugher and
his wife, Melissa.
With assistance from dispatcher Tina Cook, 33 needy families
received gift boxes containing a turkey, dressing, potatoes,
vegetables, bread, cookies and toys Saturday night as Santa Claus
made a special early trip to the Ojai Police Department.
The Baughers spent most of Saturday picking up discounted frozen
turkeys - more than 200 in all - from Vons Market in Oxnard.
What was not packaged for Ojai families was delivered to other
sheriff's substations throughout the county for other needy families.
Along with the Vons' donation and a sizable contribution from
the Ventura County Deputy Sheriff's Association, local merchants
Ojai Sports, Serendipity Toys, Joe's Quick Mart, Ojai Valley
Card and Gift, Ojai Unocal 76, Meiners Oaks Ace Hardware, Oak
View Shell, The Ranch House, Farmer's Insurance, Rains Department
Store, Monte Widders, Wells Fargo Bank, Fred's Tire Man, Ojai
Valley Feed and Ben Franklin saw to it that local kids in needy
families aged 16 and under were granted their Christmas wishes.
The giveaway was under the direction of the Share-iff's Christmas
Food and Toy Drive, which has been in operation for the past
21 years. The gift boxes were packaged by volunteers, under the
direction of coordinator Corina Lozano of the Sheriff's Department.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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and Accounted for
Aileen Torres picks
out a new Easy Bake oven while brother Ricardo gives his Christmas
list to Kris Kringle himself, also known locally as Scott Brewer.
The Torreses were one of 33 families that took advantage of the
Ojai Police Department's program for needy families.