VPD helping children battling cancer

Ventura Police officers and K-9’s brought smiles to the young children.

The Ventura Police Department partnered with the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and community members for an Easter Basket Drive for children battling cancer. More than 150 baskets were donated! 

Baskets were delivered to children and their siblings at the Ventura County Medical Center and also delivered to the homes of very sick children in Ventura. 

This is the first year we have asked for community support of this effort. It was so incredible to have so much generosity from Ventura residents and businesses. Our goal was 40 baskets and we exceeded that number! The remaining baskets have been delivered to children at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” said Ventura Police Community Outreach Specialist Ashley Bautista. “These children are fighting for their lives and these baskets have brought them joy during such a trying time. I am so grateful that our community partnered with the police department to make these sweet kids feel so special.”

The Ventura Police Department collects toys throughout the year to keep the toy box filled for children being treated at the Ventura County Medical Center. Community members can call Ashley Bautista at 805-339-4317 or email abautista@venturapd.org for more information. 

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