Frankie Allegra, a student at Grace Brethren Christian High School, helped deliver presents to deserving families in Simi Valley, Calif., Tuesday evening — all part of a service project at the Reagan Library in which she raised the funds to purchase the gifts. Helping her on Tuesday were officers from the Simi Valley police department, including her dad, Vince Allegra, a Simi Valley police officer and the Grace Brethren girls soccer head coach. Grace Brethren Christian High School is a ministry of Grace Brethren Church, Simi Valley (Jordan Bakker, pastor). A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article.
Girls soccer player Frankie Allegra makes holidays brighter for families
Grace Brethren’s senior goalkeeper Frankie Allegra donned knitted Christmas elf socks Tuesday night. Red triangles, that were anchored with small bells, laid over the green and white stripes.
It was only fitting that her socks resembled the attire Santa Claus’ helper would wear, as Allegra — in conjunction with over a dozen officers of the Simi Valley police department — helped deliver 154 presents to five deserving families on Tuesday evening across Simi Valley.
“I was really excited about how many officers showed up, and the reactions of not just the kids but the parents too,” Allegra said.
The back of a Simi Valley SWAT truck was brimming with wrapped Christmas gifts.
Clothes, shoes, blankets, a bicycle, an iPod Touch, a laptop and an Xbox were all loaded.
Allegra, along with her father Vince Allegra — a Simi Valley police officer and the Grace Brethren girls soccer head coach — and a police caravan of 10 vehicles stopped at each of the five homes.
At each stop, the red and blue lights flashed before Frankie and the officers offered the gifts to 14 children ranging from 2 years old to 17.
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