Hundreds turn out to Christmas Tree Lane

FRESNO, Calif.

Deputies on horseback accepted donations from the community at the corner of Van Ness and Griffith.

That's the same intersection where a teenager was stabbed on December 13.

Detectives believe the stabbing was gang-related.

The incident happened as families strolled down the two-mile, holiday display on Van Ness Boulevard.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said she hopes a single violent event can create a lasting change.

"Christmas Tree Lane is kind of a sacred place for Fresno. This is a place where people come, families come, kids come and we don't expect and neither do we want violence here. So this is a statement that we're making. We're not going to allow it," Mims said.

The sheriff says she was impressed with the donations they received Thursday night.

One generous donor wrote a $500 check and a few others dropped hundred dollar bills into the bag.

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