Thousands are expected at the Redlands Police Department's 15th Annual Christmas Block Party this Saturday, according to a city spokesman.
The event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave.
"In light of the economic climate and the increasing need of families, the annual Christmas Party was created to assist families who are unable to enjoy the luxuries of a traditional Christmas celebration, particularly providing toys and presents for their children," Redlands spokesman Carl Baker said in an announcement.
"Considering the number of low-income families, those in need and those who are unemployed in Redlands, the Redlands Police Department, Quality of Life Department, local businesses and numerous volunteers have come together each year to assist local families," Baker said.
Between 3,000 and 5,000 families attend the Redlands Christmas Block Party each year, Baker said.
"For many of the children, this will be the only 'Christmas' they receive,"Baker said.
This year's block party will provide children with toys, food, bicycles, games and crafts, donated by various community groups, Baker said.
"In addition to providing the celebration will also provide youth and children the opportunity to showcase their talents," Baker said. "Contests will be conducted throughout the event."
Contest categories are:
- Shuffle with Santa
- Best DJ
- Open Mic
- Name that Tune: Family Teams
- North Pole Idol
- I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Art
For more on the contests click here.
This year's Christmas Block Party will focus on Redlands' 2013 quasquicentennial with the theme, "Celebrating 125 years, A City that Gives," Baker said. Redlands incorporated in 1888.
For more information about the Christmas Block Party, contact Officer Elyzabeth Green at (909) 798-7534 ext 2 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.