Angel Lucy Funeral Home donates nearly 3,000 toys to children in need

Funeral home director César Ornelas says that this toy drive will help around 1,000 children in the Crossroads

VICTORIA, Texas – Angel Lucy Funeral Home hosted its annual toy giveaway in which they gave out nearly 3,000 toys to about 1,000 children in the Crossroads. This year’s event was a little different due to some changes with COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of the children who came to pick up their free gifts. Participants simply drove through the funeral home parking lot, stopping at a booth that provided them with free popcorn and funnel cakes provided by one of the volunteers from the event. They then pulled around towards the front in which families received three toys for each child, with Santa Clause helping assist load the presents into the cars.

Event organizer and funeral home director César Ornelas says that this event is special to him because he knows what it’s like growing up without any toys under the Christmas tree.

“As a kid growing up I didn’t have Christmas till I was 13, so I know what it’s like to be less fortunate, and I promised that once I got an opportunity to give back that I would. So this is why we do this,” says Ornelas.

Around 20 volunteers showed up to help with the toy distribution as well as an officer from the Victoria Police Department to help with traffic.