Calimesa’s annual Christmas Toy Drive will hold its first pop-up event on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Tractor Supply, on Calimesa Boulevard. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., new, unwrapped toys, for ages newborns to teenagers, can be dropped off at the Tractor Supply, located at 1060 Calimesa Blvd. in Calimesa. The toy drive is sponsored by the Calimesa Chamber of Commerce and the Calimesa Fire Department. “It’s going great,” said Tony Phillips, chamber vice president, about the toy drive that began Nov. 1. Those who would like to donate, but are unable to attend the pop-up event, can drop off a toy at 17 collection sites in Calimesa, through Dec. 13. Another pop-up event is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the 7-Eleven at the Marketplace in Calimesa, located at the Cherry Valley Boulevard exit at Interstate 10. Donations will then be distributed on Dec. 15 at a Night of Giving for children and families. The Night of Giving will take place at 6 p.m. at Calimesa Elementary School and is open to the community. Last year the Night of Giving was a drive-through distribution because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year it will return to an in-person event, including Santa Claus, firefighters, city officials and chamber members. In 2019, the last time it was in-person, about 250 children and families attended the Night of Giving at Dunlap Elementary School, Phillips said. The chamber is also seeking cash donations to help pay for turkey dinner food baskets that will be part of a free drawing during the Night of Giving. Cash donations need to be made at one of three sites – the Calimesa Chamber of Commerce office, Calimesa City Hall or the Calimesa Fire Department. All three are also accepting toy donations too. “We are definitely going to have 20 turkey dinner giveaways, and maybe even more. We are definitely there,” Phillips said about the chamber hitting its food basket goal. Look for banners and boxes at these toy collection points in Calimesa: Simplex United Career and Business Center, 1025 Calimesa Blvd. Suite 4A; Denny’s, 1184 Calimesa Blvd.; McDonald’s, 1199 Calimesa Blvd.; Calimesa Library, 974 Calimesa Blvd.; Dr. Scott Parker’s office, 1030 Calimesa Blvd., Calimesa City Hall and the Calimesa Fire Department, 908 Park Ave.; Tri Focus Wealth Management, 504 Myrtlewood Dr.; Critter Corral, 613 W. County Line Rd.; Brenda Ballew-Ward Attorney at Law office, 601 W. County Line Rd.; America Inc. Tax, 595 W. County Line Rd.; U.S. Modular, 579 W. County Line Rd.; Aloha Plumbing, 555 W. County Line Rd.; Dollar General, 1065 Calimesa Blvd.; Tractor Supply, 1060 Calimesa Blvd.; and Calimesa Chamber of Com-merce office, 1007 Calimesa Blvd., Suite D. Call for hours as some locations are closed on weekdays.

0
0
0
0
0

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.