Orange County fire stations are in desperate need of toys this holiday season and need your help.
The toy warehouse, which is staffed by volunteers, is ready to fill orders for toy distribution but is in dire need of new unwrapped toys and gift cards. With the poor economy and people without jobs, the need for toys this year is up dramatically.
“Last year, we ran out of toys at the warehouse,” said Dee Azevedo, Toy Warehouse Manager. “This year is turning out like last year. We have approximately 112 orders to fill, which means we need 194,000 toys to complete our orders before Dec 24. It’s a huge endeavor to receive approximately 17,636 toys per day. We are asking the public to make a donation at their closest fire station and make the holidays a little brighter for those less fortunate children.”
The Orange County Toy Collaborative combines the efforts of the Orange County Firefighters’ Spark of Love toy drive, the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, Orange County Social Service Agency’s Operation Santa Claus program and the St. Vincent de Paul holiday charities program. Collectively, these campaigns receive and distribute more than 300,000 toys annually for needy children and families throughout Orange County.
Locally, you can drop toys off atOC Fires Stations and .