Fire Stations Now Accepting Toys for Tots

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Fire Stations Now Accepting Toys for Tots
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Toys for Tots Drive in 2013 (Photo: facebook)

Source: City of Santa Barbara Fire Department

The Santa Barbara Fire Department is once again participating in the annual Holiday toy and food drive benefiting Toys for Tots by collecting toys and non-perishable food at each of their eight (8) Fire Stations. The toy and food collection drive will begin on Friday November 1, 2019 and will end on Friday December 20, 2019 

Each station will have two collection boxes for new, unwrapped toys and store bought, new, unopened nonperishable food.

Toys for Tots began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.  That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Marine Reserve Center was located.  Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948. 

This year all toys and food collected will be distributed by the Unity Shoppe.

 You can drop off the toys anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. seven days a week at any of the Santa Barbara City Fire Stations located at:

·         Station 1, 121 W. Carrillo Street

·         Station 2, 819 Cacique Street

·         Station 3, 415 E. Sola Street

·         Station 4, 19 N. Ontare

·         Station 5, 2505 Modoc

·         Station 6, 1802 Cliff Drive

·         Station 7, 2411 Stanwood Drive

·         Station 8, 40 Hartley Place

Please call 805-564-5711, for more information.

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Flicka Nov 09, 2019 04:46 PM
Fire Stations Now Accepting Toys for Tots

My son loved his Tonka trucks when he was little. As a grownup I'm never sure what to buy so one year I bought a big yellow Tonka dump truck, donated it and told him that was his present, a little boy would have as much fun as he used to. He loved it! We aren't real big on presents in our family, better ways to celebrate with family and friends. So many presents get bought during the mad rush to max credit cards and sometimes the gifts aren't even something a person wants. About 25 years ago at a January church rummage sale I bought a brand new pair of tall black UGGS for 50 cents. Probably an unappreciated Xmas present.

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