Yucaipa Valley Fire and Rescue Association’s Toys for Yucaipa is once again partnering with the ABC7’s Spark of Love Toy Drive for Christmas.
The toy drive officially begins Saturday, Nov. 23. There will be collection bins around town with the Spark of Love posters on them. You can also drop off your donations at any of the three Yucaipa fire stations.
The Fire and Rescue Association’s annual Christmas toy drive has been going on for more than 35 years and Spark of Love is in its 20th year. Collectively these programs provide toys for less fortunate families in Yucaipa and throughout Southern California. One of the key benefits to The Spark of Love and Toys for Yucaipa program is that the toys remain in the communities where they are collected. Major partnering agencies in the Spark of Love program include ABC 7, Metro link, Mathis Bros., Jack’s Toys, Park Water Company Target, International Paper, and KFRG FM Radio.
The Toy Drive runs for approximately five weeks and gifts are collected for distribution just before the Christmas holiday. “We always need items for teens and the teens you help will greatly appreciate receiving your gifts”, said Captain Travis Paye, of Crafton Hills Station where the project is centered.
Applications for those who need assistance with holiday gifts can be picked up at the Yucaipa-News Mirror or any of the three fire stations in town.
“This year we are asking that folks have proof of Yucaipa residency just to help us keep the toys and gifts local,” said Lenore Will, one of the Toys for Yucaipa coordinators. “The first year we thought we did well to provide gifts to 151 children. Now we top 1,000 most years.”
Applications cannot be made by telephone and will be accepted beginning Nov. 23 through Dec. 21 with proof of identification and residency.