Saint Mark AME Zion Church share Holiday spirit with with drive-thru toy and gift drive

With a line that wrapped around Saint Mark AME Zion Church, dozens waited patiently to receive gifts from the East Palo Alto church. Parents were able to take their kids to the church and receive toys for the holidays.
EAST PALO ALTO – DECEMBER 20: Benito Garcia, 9, left, takes a photo with Santa Claus with his siblings Yaretzi, 7, center, and Frianco, 11, right, during the toy and gift giveaway at Saint Mark AME Zion Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)EAST PALO ALTO – DECEMBER 20: Jacob Virges hands toys to people during the toy and gift giveaway at Saint Mark AME Zion Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsEAST PALO ALTO – DECEMBER 20: Margaret Davis hands some gifts to people during the toy and gift giveaway at Saint Mark AME Zion Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)EAST PALO ALTO – DECEMBER 20: Emma Rose Hernandez, 2, holds a toy she received during the toy and gift giveaway at Saint Mark AME Zion Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)EAST PALO ALTO – DECEMBER 20: Officer Dan Irwin with Palo Alto Police Department writes some information down during the toy and gift giveaway at Saint Mark AME Zion Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)EAST PALO ALTO – DECEMBER 20: A person dressed as Santa Claus waves at families during the toy and gift giveaway at Saint Mark AME Zion Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)EAST PALO ALTO – DECEMBER 20: Roxie Roberson, right, hands toys to kids during the toy and gift giveaway at Saint Mark AME Zion Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)EAST PALO ALTO – DECEMBER 20: Patricia Carter records a video during the toy and gift giveaway at Saint Mark AME Zion Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)EAST PALO ALTO – DECEMBER 20: Officers with the Palo Alto Police Department direct traffic during the toy and gift giveaway at Saint Mark AME Zion Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)EAST PALO ALTO – DECEMBER 20: A person wears a mouth covering and small Christmas cap during the toy and gift giveaway at Saint Mark AME Zion Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)EAST PALO ALTO – DECEMBER 20: People wait in line for the toy and gift giveaway at Saint Mark AME Zion Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)EAST PALO ALTO – DECEMBER 20: Volunteers wear mouth coverings and Santa Claus hats during the toy and gift giveaway at Saint Mark AME Zion Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)EAST PALO ALTO – DECEMBER 20: Roxie Roberson, left, claps while people drive by to receive gifts during the toy and gift giveaway at Saint Mark AME Zion Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)Show Caption of Expand
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Some waited in the long line along Bay Road that wrapped around to Clarke Avenue, while others chose to drive their vehicles into the parking lot of the church and receive their gifts that way. The event was sponsored by Saint Mark AME Zion Church along with WeHOPE, Saint Samuel COGIC Church, and Samaritan House.
Besides the gifts, people were treated to some popcorn and hot chocolate.
Members of the Palo Alto Police Department also helped by handing out gifts and directing traffic.

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