“We’re one big community,” she said. “It’s all considered Harbor Area, and you want to give back to those in need.” The Harbor Division has been collecting donations of toys and money, but is still looking for event volunteers as well as monetary donations for next year. “We always have start-up funds for the following year,” Pacheco said. Volunteers can call the station’s Community Relations desk at 310-522-2042. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe Harbor Division began answering these requests, and last year donations helped 250 local families. The division wanted to increase that number to 300 this year. Families in the Harbor Division’s area – San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City and Harbor Gateway – are nominated by local public and private schools. “Schools know best of the family situations,” Pacheco said, adding that nominations are usually based on financial need. Families will celebrate today at a private party in a secret location in San Pedro, with food, children’s rides and classic holiday movies. Children will get to pick out their own presents and get their picture taken with Santa Claus. Pacheco said that the event is an opportunity for both police officers and residents to help those in need. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division will be giving 300 families in need a holiday celebration today, complete with food, gifts, movies and activities for children. Harbor Division personnel began the holiday program 10years ago, after so many children asked them for presents. “It started out being kids calling the police station or writing letters for food and toys,” explained Officer Teri Pacheco, the youth services officer. “Usually you write the letter to Santa.” She said the requests usually indicated the child’s parents could not afford to buy holiday gifts.