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Secret Santa event results in smiles, cheer

January 22, 2013

Ranchos shareholders join fire district personnel, high school students for charity

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company and the Apple Valley Senior Center wrapped up 2012 by providing gifts to more than 230 children in-need through the annual Secret Santa program sponsored by Apple Valley Fire Protection District. The effort brought happiness to the children and their families who continue to feel recession impact, according to a news release.

“This event is just one of many great ways to pay it forward,” said Norma Armenta, Ranchos Water Conservation Coordinator. “I love being involved because I receive something intangible that demonstrates how folks work together in our small, but strong community.

Since 2003, Ranchos shareholders have consistently supported the end-of-year celebration that brightens the lives of those who need a helping hand.

During the event, each child partners up with a volunteer chaperone who helps them find an age-appropriate toy, book, piece of clothing or special item on the child’s wish list at the Walmart store in Apple Valley.

Ranchos employees, friends and family along with 14 Health Occupation Students of America members from Apple Valley High School teamed up with fire district staffers to volunteer time for the Secret Santa event.

“Ultimately, we all have an impact on the community at large,” Armenta said.