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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Chula Vista and National City police delivered meals to needy families in separate holiday events in the South Bay Tuesday.

Chula Vista Food GiveawayChula Vista police Chief David Bejarano, NFL players and Walmart representatives brought turkey-dinner fixings to about 500 families in the Walmart parking lot at 1150 Broadway Tuesday morning. The giveaway began at 7 a.m.

In nearby National City, police, along with Foodland IGA, the National Latino Police Officers Association and local “lowrider” car-club members passed out holiday dinner fixings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at National City police headquarters at 1200 National City Blvd., NCPD Sgt. Alex Hernandez said.

In addition to meals, gifts will be passed out during the National City event by military personnel, officers and Santa Claus as part of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

Other holiday charity events taking place in San Diego County Tuesday include a toy-sorting party in Vista, where volunteers will help organize about 2,300 donated toys starting at 10 a.m.. The toys were donated through the Toys for Tots program to North County Lifeline, a group that offers family-oriented assistance, including youth programs, housing help and counseling services.

Rounding out Tuesday’s holiday events, San Dieguito Academy students at 10:30 a.m. will be dropping off holiday gifts to 20 adopted families that recently immigrated from Myanmar. The event was organized by Social Advocates for Youth San Diego.