Local law enforcement had the Christmas spirit in mind Wednesday, providing food baskets to families in need. The Bakersfield Police Department and Kern County Sheriff’s Office joined forces for the 36th annual event, delivering 500 Christmas food baskets to families in Kern. Deputies and officers volunteered their time to deliver the baskets, oftentimes to the very families they had referred to the program, a BPD news release stated. Baskets were made possible through donations from benefit associations, volunteer organizations and business owners from throughout the county. The baskets consisted of two large boxes of food that included a turkey, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, fruits, canned goods, bread and drinks.