Toy drive honors Cleveland boy who drowned in September

Cleveland Police Chief Darrel Broussard enjoys playing Santa as he delivers donated toys to children in the community.

Cleveland police officers distributed toys to close to 100 children in recent days leading up to Christmas Day. The donated toys were part of a toy drive to honor the late King Royce Arroyo, a young boy who lost his life in a swimming pool accident on Sept. 1, 2018, in the Cleveland area.

King Royce Arroyo

According to Cleveland Police Chief Darrel Broussard, the family of little King asked friends and family to donate a toy on his behalf. These toys were later donated to Cleveland Police Department, which oversaw the distribution to children in the community.

“King’s legacy lives on in the smile of each child that received a gift. There were many other children who were also blessed prior to Christmas on behalf of King,” Broussard said. “Thanks to King’s family, and all CPD employees who helped to share the blessings with others. We also want to thank Pace-Stancil Funeral Home for all of its assistance in making this tragic accident a touching remembrance of Psalms 127:3, [which states] ‘Lo, Children are a blessing from the Lord.'”

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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